Foster 2 Forever
“My name is Robert Layne. I am a child advocate, but most importantly, a father. My son was on this list for 3 years. Because of this, I will speak for these children.”
To honor National Adoption Awareness Day, I can think of no better use of my time than to participate in The Calling Out of Names of Children Who Wait. This vigil brings attention to the over 34,000 children, some of whose names have been read repeatedly year after year, who will continue to grow up in the foster care system because they have not yet found their forever family.
Today I was honored to stand alongside many in the community to bring a voice to those who cannot speak for themselves. Their names are important, their stories matter, and their lives cannot be diminished to just another data point.
When my spouse and I adopted our son, we just wanted to build a family. Last year he graduated high school and is currently completing a year of volunteerism in AmeriCorps before he attends Southern Oregon University in the fall of 2019. Now that he is a young man making his way in the world, we are wanting to build something different. Awareness. The annual The Calling Out of Names of Children Who Wait is open to the public and has been held for over 30 years. I challenge you to either attend next year or volunteer to participate. While they may only be names on paper, to us it means so much more to those who are waiting to be united with their forever family.
CBHDA and our members know how important this issue is from our firsthand experience. While our members work in their counties to assist children in their time of need CBHDA will continue to tell their story, stand for them in budget hearings, co-sponsor legislation to help provide a better response during times of crisis and hold legislators accountable for their votes in our State Capitol.
CBHDA is #HereForYou
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