An incredible but tragic story of a mother's love has gone viral this week...
It's a sad reality of life, but there are children out there who have no real family...And, as a result of this, these unfortunate people end up being passed to and from various different families throughout their childhoods.
This is called the foster system...And, sadly, this system can prove to be a cruel and damaging experience for many children.
Hundreds of thousands of children are in the foster system here in the US.
via: GettyOn any given day, there are nearly 443,000 children in foster care in the United States.
Much of our foster care system is broken.
via: ShutterstockAnd the children suffer as a result. And, more often than not, children don't even get a real foster home, they are, instead, sent to live in institutions or group homes.
Many children are bounced from one foster home to another...
This can result in serious harm.
via: ShutterstockLanguishing in foster care harms children’s well-being in a number of ways. The longer a child remains in temporary care, the more likely it is that he or she will experience multiple placement changes and disrupted relationships caused by such changes.
And, sadly for most children...
via: ShutterstockThe foster system is anything but short-term.
Children are often stuck in the foster system for years...And some never end up getting adopted.
You can't even bear thinking about it, can you?But now, an incredible story of adoption has gone viral.
Back in 2015, a woman rang the doorbell of a fire station.It was located in Santa Ana, California - and she was clearly distressed.
A woman was standing there with a newborn baby...
via: GettyAnd she needed some urgent help from the fire station.