Thursday, June 20th, 2013
I think as parents we can all agree that, despite the amount of sleep that our children make us lose, they make us better people. Their innocence, purity, and blunt (sometimes brutal) honesty keep us grounded. And the love that they fill our lives with is immeasurable. But in the U.S., 400,540 kids are living without permanent families, according to the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute.
For many parents who are looking to add a little one to their family, the things standing between them and their baby are the massive amounts of paperwork and waiting that make up the adoption process. With expenses, meetings, background checks, and birth parent arrangements (to name a few), adopting a child can be intimidating.
I recently sat down with reality stars and proud adoptive parents, Bill Horn and Scout Masterson (aka The Guncles) to discuss their adoption journey with their 3-year-old daughter, Simone. “The road to bringing Simone home was long and hard. We wished there was someone there to hold our hand,” they said. But after learning the ropes and having their toddler Simone as their happy ending, Bill and Scout are not only ready to do it again, they’re also extending their expertise to those tackling adoption for the first time.
Through their free mentoring service, Hold My Hand, Bill and Scout help with everything from tips on how and where to start the adoption process to utilizing social media to connect with a birthmother. They can even help decorate and furnish the nursery!
“Adoption can be very difficult. We know one family who waited three and a half years for their baby. But the most important thing is to remain hopeful. You have to believe that your baby will find you,” Bill said.
You can learn more about Bill and Scout’s organization at GunclesOnline.com.
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Tuesday, November 27th, 2012
Encourage your child’s giving spirit for #GivingTuesday, “a campaign to create a national day of giving at the start of the annual holiday season.” The first-time campaign launches today (as an antidote to Black Friday and Cyber Monday) and hopes to spread a “great tradition of generosity.”
Visit GivingTuesday.org to learn more about the campaign and read about various non-profit organizations. You can also consider the child- and family-focused foundations below that various editors have mentioned before on Goodyblog.
Reading Is Fundamental – brings free books and literacy resources to children across the U.S.
WhyHunger - gives access to healthy, affordable food to impoverished communities in the world
Soles4Souls – collects new and gently-used shoes to people in over 125 countries
88bikes – provides new bicycles to children, in particular girls rescued from human trafficking, in Africa and Asia
Pencils of Promise – builds schools and encourages education in Africa, Asia, and South America
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Thursday, December 16th, 2010
If you read our latest interview with Justin Bieber, you read about his support for Pencils of Promise (PoP).
Pencils of Promise is a non-profit organization that partners with local communities to build sustainable schools and provide educational tools to children in developing countries.
PoP’s mission started when the founder (Adam Braun) asked a child on the streets of India what he wanted most in the world. The child’s answer, “A pencil.” Since then, PoP has made it a mission to provide children when pencils and pens to help them on the road to education.
So far, PoP has focused on building schools in Laos and Nicaragua, with 15 schools already built, 8 schools currently being built, and 4 upcoming schools.
You can visit Pencils of Promise to volunteer for building missions, create a fundraiser, and donate money through the purchase of PoP gifts such as (seen in the photo on the right) a tag necklace created by FAWN by Jennifer Fisher Jewelry.
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