Many people think you have to be a super-parent to adopt. But an adoption specialist offers a different point of view in this Wednesday's Child segment. She claims adopting a child is not a difficult proposition.
That's not to say you don't have to jump through some hoops, but we want you to see what an adoption worker -- herself -- went through to adopt a child.
Believe it or not, there was a time not that long ago, when Michael, a tow-headed ball of energy had no permanent home, and a not-so-promising future. Michael was a medically-fragile foster child -- considered by many to be unadoptable.
"When I heard he needed a home, and I was hearing about him, and you know, he definitely had some medical needs, and you know, they looked kinda scary, but you know, everything sounded like he just had such good potential, and then I realized that this was meant to be, you know, he was meant to be with me, and I haven't regretted it for a minute." says adoption specialist Verinica Fiscus.
Veronica adopted Michael, and she should know all about that process. She's one of the key DCFS people we work with to get Wwednesday's Child on the air every week. We asked her about the reluctance people have in adopting, because it takes so long.
"When you think about it, it takes 9 months to have a baby, and so, that's what we kinda tell people, you know, 6-9 months is pretty average. It can be frustrating, when you know you want something, and you have to go through the steps to make it happen, you know, but it's worth it in the end, you know to have the child places with you, so it's definitely worth it," reassures Fiscus.
And you can tell Veronica clearly thinks it's worth it for her when you watch her with Michael.
"He's very bright, you know, he picks things up pretty quickly, you know, just doing way far beyond what I would ever had imagined, you know, I don't know that he ever has any limits," claims Fiscus.
Veronica says you can put aside any doubts you may have about being a good enough parent for an adoptive child. She says anyone can do it.
"Just average people can do this. Single people, couples, people that are retired, just anyone that has time to commit to a child, can make awesome adoptive parents. These are kids that can really flourish, so there's definitely hope for them." adds Fiscus.
There are lots of children waiting to be adopted -- and most adoptive parents think they're the ones getting the greatest payback on the arrangement. The first step is calling the Aadoption Exchange right away. Here's the number: 800-451-5246.