The cry of a newborn baby awakes the couple for the third time tonight. Exhausted, Mom throws the covers back and her feet hit the floor. She cannot help but feel a smile creep across her face as she sees her precious baby girl, whose cry calms as mom scoops her up into her arms. She begins her regular 2 am routine with her baby girl — telling her how precious and loved she was even before she came into their family.
“Before we knew you, when you were growing in your birth mother’s belly, we loved you,” Mom says. “We are so happy you are a part of our family precious baby.”
Placed with her forever family as a newborn, this baby rocks back to sleep in the arms of her adoptive mother.
Bringing and keeping families together, that is what the Why Not You? Collaboration is all about. The Why Not You? collaboration is a team of professionals, made up of the Black Hills area foster-care and adoption organizations including Bethany Christian Services, Catholic Social Services, Children’s Home Society, Department of Social Services, and Lutheran Social Services. Why Not You? has been in existence since 2015 and serves to recruit and retain foster and adoptive families in South Dakota. From helping families take their first step towards adoption or foster care, to coming along side those who are working through some of parentings most challenging moments, the Why Not You? Collaboration is here to serve the Black Hills of South Dakota.
With each agency providing similar services with their own unique qualities, this collaboration provides those interested in foster care and/or adoption a solid variety to choose from. Understanding that each family has their own unique set of needs, the agencies that make up Why Not You? are diligent to meet the needs/preferences of the families that they can and refer those they cannot to an agency better suited to address the desires of the family. The services provided by the agencies are as follows:
Bethany Christian Services: Domestic Infant Adoption, International Adoption, and Foster Care Adoption
Catholic Social Services: Domestic Infant Adoption and International Adoption
Children’s Home Society: Foster Care and Foster Care Adoption
Department of Social Services: Foster Care and Adoption
Lutheran Social Services: Domestic Infant Adoption, International Adoption, and Foster Care
Perhaps the idea of bringing a child into your home from another country or providing a home for children in the foster care system is more inline with your family’s desires. The Why Not You? Collaboration has agencies that can help you take the next steps.
If you are interested in learning more about adoption and/or foster care, please consider joining the Why Not You? Collaboration for their Fall 2018 Open House Event, happening on November 13th at 5:30 p.m. at the Dahl Art Center in Rapid City.
Come enjoy some food and listen to a simple yet informative presentation giving an overview of all the programs offered within the collaboration and what the next steps are. This no stress environment also gives you an opportunity to connect with the different agencies to ask questions one-on-one with an employee of the agency.
To RSVP, please call 605.343.2811. In the meantime, don’t forget to check the collaboration out on Facebook.