My county ‘shut down’ on Thursday. Now, Monday, my entire state is ‘shut down.’ I am still going through all of the emotions and questions, “Do we have enough food?” “Will my parents be OK?” “How will I work at home AND teach my kids at the same time?” And a million other questions. Ultimately, “What will tomorrow bring?” And I couldn’t help but realize the significance of this question. A question that waiting children might not consciously ask themselves, but one nonetheless that they live out day in and day out. What.Will.Tomorrow.Bring? I’ve been living in this current uncertainty for four days now. Only four days. (And yes, I fully acknowledge that people around the world have been living this new reality for much longer). But the children who wait live it every single day, and they always have. So when I find myself panicking about toilet paper (14 rolls left and counting), or wondering if the kids were on screens too long today, or worrying that my husband will bring home germs from his essential job, I think of the waiting children. The waiting children who always wonder what tomorrow will bring.
While we are all trying to figure out this ‘new normal,’ while we’re trying to figure out how long this will last, please, I beg of you, please, do not forget about the children who wait. Because we WILL get through this crisis. But will they get through theirs? They won’t without families stepping forward to say Yes. Especially in a time when that Yes might be harder than ever for a family to say. But we need you to say it. The children need you to say it.
So over the course of these next few days, weeks, months we will be sharing photos of waiting children with you. Children who have been wondering for years – What Will Tomorrow Bring? Please consider being the answer to their question. A family. Tomorrow will bring a family.
Meet Zander. Zander is 6-years-old and loves the outdoors, listening to music, and smiling. Zander’s orphanage said that his cognitive abilities and development are on target for his age and they desperately want him to find a forever family!
Interested in learning more about Zander, or about any of the other children who wait? Please complete our Prospective Adoptive Parent form, or email Lindsey at firstname.lastname@example.org. And please visit our website to find information about all of our programs.