Changes in LDS Family Services

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Written by our Board Adviser and adoption advocate, Steve Sunday:

I think of the recent changes in adoption my memories go back over 30 years. When I first started working for LDS Family Services, I was assigned to work with expectant parents, birth parents and prospective adoptive couples. I never realized at the time how significant those beginnings were. It began a wonderful journey of celebration and heartache. It has been a privilege for me to be associated with LDS Family Services and their work with adoption. I have many fond memories of the dedication of those who I worked with who were so passionately committed to the work of adoption. Those adoptions have blessed thousands of children, adoptive couples, and birth parents. It is not easy to see change. LDS Family Services has been in adoption for over 90 years. I greatly appreciate the commitment that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has had to this wonderful program throughout the years. Change comes and with this change comes new opportunities for growth. Some of these changes will be difficult for members of the adoption triad. Some of those challenges are obvious, while others are less clear. But regardless, all of us look to move forward. My experience with LDS Family Services is that the staff have worked extremely hard and are dedicated to their work. Have we been perfect? No. Nobody is. But the efforts have blessed many.

I have seen great personal growth amongst birth parents as they have chosen adoption, making the heart-wrenching and loving decision to place their child. I’ve seen adoptive families enriched with the experience of adoption. I have seen them grow as they have dealt with infertility and the challenges it brings. I’ve seen them blessed on a day to day basis as they parent the child that so lovingly was placed in their arms. I’ve seen the beginnings of new organizations like Families Supporting Adoption. I’ve see their dedication and efforts pay tremendous dividends to all members of the adoption triad. And the opportunities to do good are still here for us today. The cause of adoption, more than ever, is in need of those who will stand together to support this great institution, which has blessed so many lives. There is a need for volunteers to step forward to promote adoption and protect its role in society so we can secure the opportunity for future generations to participate in this noble institution. This is why United For Adoption was organized – to continue this legacy.

In recent years I have seen the formation of other new adoption support organizations that have been very helpful, like birth parent groups. These are very much needed and are a guide and a support to those expectant parents who are trying to make decisions about their future and the future of their child. They have also given support to those who have made this difficult decision; supporting them in ways that help them heal. These are tremendous organizations and I salute those who sponsor and support their activities.

There are a number of options for building families, but our primary focus must always be to meet the needs of children. There are thousands of children in Foster Care across the country in need of homes and families that would rear and care for them. They’ve had difficult beginnings and are in need of a safe place to grow and the opportunity to build a tremendous future.

Infant adoption can be expensive but there are quality agencies available to help and guide couples through this challenging course. We, here at Forever Bound Adoption and United For Adoption have offered ourselves as a resource to build those dreams. It is our hope and prayer that as we move forward, these changes will lead to new opportunities for a possible greater good. Consider joining with us at United For Adoption. Invest your energy and your passion in helping others and at the same time find a place where you can personally grow. There is much good we can do together. Our hope is that we can all stand United For Adoption.

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