Letters to the Editor

Miami-Dade children and teens need ‘forever families’

Every child deserves a safe, permanent home and a loving family. This seems especially true as we approach Thanksgiving. For me, it is fun to reflect on those precious memories from times spent with my family.

Unfortunately, there are hundreds of kids and teens in Miami-Dade County who do not come from loving, supportive families. Rather, many of these youth suffered extreme abuse or neglect at the hands of their parents before finding safety in foster care. While foster care provides temporary security for these children, they have yet to find a place to call “home.”

November is National Adoption Month, which sets the stage by bringing attention to the urgent need for adoptive families. Children in our community wait every day for families to open their hearts and their homes. And now is the time to take a stand for Miami-Dade’s children and teens.

Fortunately, Children’s Home Society of Florida works hard every day to recruit, coach, guide and encourage families in to be that bright light of hope for our children. Adoption counselors are dedicated to helping children find families who will be there for them unconditionally and to bringing families together with children and teens who long for a place they can forever call “home.”

Last year, Children’s Home Society of Florida helped 68 children and teens in Miami-Dade find families that were delighted to provide that love, encouragement and patience, and in doing so have changed the lives of everyone in the family.

But there are still too many children waiting for their family to step up and embrace them. What a wonderful memory that will be for your family.

Stephen Bardy, vice president of operations, Children's Home Society of Florida