I can't think of many things that are more heartbreaking than a failed adoption. When a family adopts a child from foster care who has been abandoned and mistreated, they are in effect telling that child that he or she is now chosen, wanted, and loved. When that family gives up on that child and drops him or her off at the social services office, it's literally, figuratively, and spiritually one more person saying, "I don't love you and I don't want you anymore." That pain is indelibly seared into the heart of that child.
That's why when Seneca Family of Child Welfare Agencies chose me as their Community Advocate Honoree, I was so honored. Seneca does such a good job of matching children with forever families and providing services to help them adapt to one another, that they have never had a failed adoption!
I can hardly believe that I'll be honored alongside Sean and Beth Anders, the couple who's real life experience of adoption through Seneca inspired Sean Anders and Mark Wahlberg to produce the new movie, Instant Family.
Seneca Family of Agencies helps children and families through the most difficult times of their lives. As a former foster child, I am grateful for and encouraged by their dedication to the community-based and family-focused treatment services they deliver with unconditional love.
It is with humility and gratitude that I invite you to join me at Seneca’s Forever Families Gala that will be held at the Balboa Bay Resort in Newport Beach, California on November 10, 2018.