Former NCAA National Champion and Heisman trophy winner recently told People that though he wants another shot to play in the NFL, he’s also been focusing on one of his other passions: Adoption advocacy. At his recent charity golf tournament, more than $1 million was raised for the Tim Tebow Foundation, which recently expanded its services to include “Orphan Care,” a specially designed program that gives grants to families who are adopting special needs children. Though the 26-year-old, who just inked a broadcast deal with ESPN, is currently single, he said that he even plans on adopting one day: “When I have a family someday, I'll probably adopt. Adoption has always been something close to my heart. There are so many kids out there who really need a family … I believe that everyone, regardless of who they are, should do something that is greater than themselves. Whether it's adoption, or helping people who are sick, or poor, or whatever. That's what God put us on this earth to do” ... Discuss
Meet Annmaire Richards, a woman in Jamaica who takes in street children and raises them in her own family. Richards says that she “saw herself” in the children who are “fearfully, and wonderfully made,” and her story is a powerful reminder of the average person’s capability to change the lives of those in need. The video was produced by GoBoka Play in partnership with the Make Life Better Foundation, who will donate a computer lab for the children’s education if the video receives 50,000 views by April 10. So, let’s all do our part and watch the video repeatedly for extra doses of inspiration from Annemarie ... Discuss
According to data from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, there are currently more than 400,000 children living within the American foster care system.
Davion Navar Henry Only was one of those kids. The 15-year-old wanted to be adopted so badly, he decided to take matters into his own hands. The teen took the pulpit at a church in Florida and asked if anyone in the congregation would consider adopting him. He told the church, “My name is Davion, and I’ve been in foster care since I was born ... I know God hasn’t given up on me, so I’m not giving up either.” Read More
CNN has posted this great story about Danielle Gletow, whom they’ve named one of their “10 CNN Heroes of 2013.” In 2008, Gletow founded One Simple Wish, a website that allows kids in the foster care system to post a “wish”—basically an item they want, but can’t afford—that site visitors can donate toward granting. The wishes have included everything from a suit to attend a family member’s funeral and plane tickets to reunite with relatives to bicycles and varsity letterman jackets—items that can be taken for granted by children growing up in more traditional circumstances. Since 2006, Gletow (who is now 34) and her husband have been foster parents, and even adopted one of the children in their care. According to government data, there are currently more than 400,000 children living in the foster care system across the U.S. Gletow told CNN, “I just felt like, this is my opportunity to create something that makes it possible for all of these children who need something to get connected to all of these wonderful people that are out there, that want to help them” … Discuss