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By Melissa Ford
Adopt1 is a new philanthropic group helping grow families in the Oak Park/River Forest area through adoption. Partnering with the Gift of Adoption, a national charitable organization that inspires adoption by providing grants to qualified parents, Adopt1’s goal is “to provide the final funding to complete the adoption for one vulnerable child being adopted by a nearby family each year.”
According to the U.S. State Department, more than 11,000 Illinois families adopted a child last year. These children come from Illinois, across the U.S. and around the world. The need is great. There are 140 million children worldwide and more than 120,000 right here in the United States, who are in desperate need of a family to call their own. Gift of Adoption and Adopt1 want people to consider the impact they can have by joining others in volunteering or donating money “because you don’t need to adopt to give a child a family.”
This dedicated group kicked off their fundraising last April, raising $3,500 for their first grant. Jim Heininger and Cheryl Lipton are two of the local residents launching Adopt1. As Lipton states, “Ideally, we would like to hold one event every year to raise grant money and build awareness. To accomplish this, we’d love to have another 10-20 people, whether they want to donate money or give of their time. We have a variety of people who are involved with different desires and talents.”
“The cost of adoption is a real barrier to children being placed into loving, permanent homes - especially if it involves sibling sets or special needs children whose adoptions just can wait,” Lipton points out. “We have raised money and would like to find a local family who could use our support.” Heininger quickly adds, “The thing to remember is that our communities grow and benefit immensely from these adoptions. And if anyone is interested in volunteering or would like more information, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org,”
Adopt1 - One vulnerable or parentless child in need of a brighter future, one family with a loving home to share, one community that will grow stronger, each and every year.