This is a south, central Texas regional campaign designed to increase awareness of the almost 1000 children in our area alone who are in the foster care system awaiting adoption.
Three years ago, in 2009, I witnessed a tiny, five year old girl being screamed at and terrorized by a giant women towering over her…her foster parent. She was so frightened. Her hands were behind her back. She was wringing her little hands…so nervous, so scared and so alone. Who did she have to protect her?
Four months later that image was still tormenting me. I called a dear friend of mine at the local CBS, KENS TV station, and asked to meet with her. I told her what I had seen and together we cried, totally unable to eat our lunch. I told her I wanted lots of TV air time to tell of the plight of these children; and with that, Are You My Family? was born.
We needed financing for the project and thought about raffling off a new car. So I visited my good friend, John Toomey, the owner of Alamo Toyota, here in San Antonio. I shared with him the story and instead of a car, he wrote me a $200,000.00 check paying the first year in full! He has done this for three years now.
When we started, there were over 800 children here who needed homes but only approximately 100 per year were being adopted. The rest were consigned to being alone once they turned 18. Horrible! After the first year the adoption count was up to 350 and we received the “Adoption Angel Award” at the White House that year. Now at the close of our third year we had over 900 children adopted! We are in this for the long haul and pray your support in whatever way you can. We want radio time and billboards covering San Antonio, quite an expense. Our prayer is that other cities might look at our success and decide to start their own campaign.
Even more than that, I ask for your prayers. What on earth is going on that 900 children a year are neglected and/or abandoned by their parents? And that in only one city in the US! Something is dreadfully wrong and only the Wisdom and cherishing Love of God can fix it. I am reminded of the scripture in 11Chroncles 7:14. “If my people, who are called by my name, would humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways…then will I hear from Heaven, forgive their sin and heal their land.” Won’t you pray with us?
All donations are tax exempt. You may send your donations to 107 Scenic Loop Rd., Boerne, Tx. 78006. Please make your checks out to “Are You My Family.” For one time, or monthly donations via credit card please call (830) 755-8767. If you would like information about adopting a child, please call (210) 775-5225.
Thank you and may God bless you for blessing his children – Michele