I was adopted at birth by my wonderful parents and grew up in a loving and supporting environment. They gave my sister & I everything a kid could ask for but most importantly they were PRESENT. Every game, every important event....they were there. As a child you take it for granted but as an adult you realize its importance more clearly and I try to emulate their example with my own kids (pictured).
I found out I was adopted when I was a teenager and met my birth mother when I was in college - a relationship that has been integrated seamlessly into our lives and one I am so thankful for. I realize, though, how lucky I am when we hear about how many children in all of our communities face very difficult adoption journeys.
Today in Virginia, nearly 5,000 children remain in foster care and we are currently ranked 47th in the US from parental right termination to finalized adoption time. This is what has inspired my involvement in C2. The need for our services continues to grow and with your support we can make progress against our mission of supporting lifetime adoption journeys.
This online fundraiser, running from Mother's Day to Father's Day, is a critical driver to our success. I'm hoping to raise $12k which will fully support the cost to take 2 children from foster care to placement to adoption.
No need to attend an event or buy a ticket, but if C2's mission has resonated with you or if adoption has personally touched your life I would appreciate your support toward our Building Family Ties goal.