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Opinion

November 14, 2013

Letters to the editor

Adoption can be rewarding experience

To the editor:

As November is National Adoption Month, I would like to take this opportunity to make an appeal to anyone who is contemplating adoption; please consider adopting a child who is in state custody.

These children are the most vulnerable, having experienced neglect or abuse. They need a special family that will give unconditional love, a family that is able to provide for all of their needs both physical as well as emotional on a consistent basis.

As a CASA guardian ad litem, I have witnessed the transformation that occurs when a child is placed in a permanent “forever” home. It is truly a miracle. These children blossom with care and are finally able to reach their full potential.

It is not an easy journey and it may take a lifetime of emotional support but the rewards are immeasurable. The trauma of neglect and abuse, as well as foster care, can be overwhelming; however, with time, love and nurturing anything is possible. Having adopted our two sons, my husband and I have experienced the joys, trials and challenges that all parents face. They are truly our children regardless of how they entered our family and we are very grateful.

If adoption is not an option for you, please consider volunteering for CASA of New Hampshire. As a guardian ad litem, you will receive training and support to help guide you in your work with the children.

You will advocate for them and give them a voice. As their CASA/GAL you will be challenged and taken out of your comfort zone but the end result of having a child placed in a permanent safe home is the ultimate reward, whether it is reunification with parents/guardians or in an appropriate adoptive home.

With the holiday season upon us, what better time than now to make this your gift to a deserving child. If you are unable to become a CASA/GAL, please consider becoming a “Friend of CASA” which will enable you to volunteer and support our mission in any way that you can. You can learn more about CASA at their website, www.casanh.org.

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