New Year Intentions
Kickstarting the Year With a Focus on Others
TAMPA – February 1, 2019 – A new year means resolutions for a “new you” – to be healthier, to exercise more, to hold fewer grudges. But having already passed Quitters’ Day — the day when most people abandon their new year’s plans — you may want to strive for something different.
Rather than creating an inward-focused resolution, establish an intention for the year that looks beyond one’s self. Look toward family members, friends and acquaintances, and identify ways they may need support. Make it your new year’s intention to help them get the support they need.
These lofty goals look different for everyone. For Family First, we strive for these goals daily by providing support that helps families love well.
One way we do so is by partnering with the Department of Child Services in Indiana and Florida to raise awareness for foster care and adoption opportunities where needed and by helping support families that pursue those options.
Though fostering and adopting is not possible for everyone, what is possible is supporting those who make the choice to grow their families this way. Family First sees an opportunity at the start of each year to help families — and to help individuals love families well.
The number of children in government care continues to be in the hundreds of thousands. Unfortunately, past years show that many of these children will continue to be without a family at the close of this year.
But according to the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, nearly one in three (33 percent) American adults have considered becoming a foster parent, and a quarter who have not adopted yet have considered doing so.
It’s likely someone you know — a neighbor, family member or friend — is considering adopting or fostering. (For ways to see how you can help in Florida, visit https://florida127.org/)
It might even be the case that someone you know is already fostering or has already adopted a child. Could your new year’s intent focus on supporting them? Helping a friend or family member who is fostering or adopting is easier than many think. It can be as simple as arranging a carpool for school or offering to run errands or pick up groceries.
For your intention this year, think of ways you can lend an extra hand to your friends and family who are adopting or fostering. How can you help them love well?
ABOUT FAMILY FIRST:
Family First provides parenting, marriage, and relational truth that helps people love their families well. Family First is a national nonprofit organization that reaches thousands of parents each day through its three primary programs: All Pro Dad, iMOM, and the Family Minute with Mark Merrill.
In partnership with the Florida Department of Children and Families and the Indiana Department of Child Services, All Pro Dad is using its platform to help find foster and adoptive parents for children in need. For more information, visit www.allprodad.com/onemore.
ABOUT THE FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF CHILDREN AND FAMILIES (DCF):
The Florida Department of Children and Families works in partnership with local communities to protect the vulnerable, promote strong and economically self-sufficient families, and advance personal and family recovery and resiliency.
ABOUT THE INDIANA DEPARTMENT OF CHILD SERVICES (DCS):
The Indiana Department of Child Services engages with families and collaborates with state, local and community partners to protect children from abuse and neglect and to provide child support services. Indiana Child Abuse/Neglect Hotline: 800.800.5556. Child Support Customer Service Kidsline: 800.840.8757 or 317.233.5437, www.in.gov/dcs
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