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Why Not You...Why Not Me?
Spread the word! Visit our Campaign Materials page to play "Why Not Me?" TV and radio spots and download posters, bookmarks, brochures, and more [go now]
Children never outgrow the need for parents
Children are never too old to want and need a family of their own. Even grown children seek the comfort and wisdom of their parents. Becoming a young adult is difficult for most youth, and it’s even harder for youth without a permanent family. Teenagers need parents as role models for becoming productive citizens.
To shorten the wait, the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services has launched a public awareness campaign to recruit adoptive parents called “Why Not Me?”
After all, that is what these children ask themselves almost every day. “Why not me? Why can’t I have a family?”
More than 6,000 of abused and neglected children in Texas are awaiting adoption and about 60 percent of them are age 6 or older. The older the child, the longer they tend to wait for adoption. Meet the children who are waiting at View Waiting Children.
We are asking mature, responsible Texans, why not you? Why not consider adopting an abused or neglected child? Whether they are 7 or 17, children never outgrow the need for parents.
The “Why Not Me?” campaign was made possible by a federal grant awarded to Texas for increasing adoptions more than any other state in 2005. The campaign includes the production and distribution of English and Spanish language TV and radio spots and many thousands of brochures, fact sheets, bookmarks, and other materials designed to help recruit adoptive parents. [view and download]
Visit one of our informational meetings to learn more about adoption and foster parenting, and have all your questions.
“Older children are too hard to raise”
We can each think of a time (or two!) during our teenage years when our parents probably thought we were “too hard!” The teenage years are a time of developmental change for all children, adopted or not. While it is typical for adopted teens to experience an emotional or behavioral response to prior trauma, and there are valuable resources designed to help parents help their children navigate this unique journey.
“Older children don’t need a family, they are almost adults”
We never outgrow the need for our parents! Even as adults, we still rely on the permanence and availability of our parents. Teens adopted from foster care remain a part of your family for life, just like a younger child would.
“Older children can’t attach to a new parent, and I cannot attach to an older child”
This can’t be farther from the truth! Attachment is not based on age, and our ability to attach to another person does not expire at age 18 (or 45, or 90!). Attachment and identity are things that most adoptees, even persons adopted early in life, will struggle with at some point. There are experts and resources to help with this at every life stage.