A holiday card posted by an Alabama couple announcing their intention to adopt a child from foster care has gone viral and garnered praise throughout the country.
Cara and Eric Taylor announced their plan through a Christmas card that showed the couple standing on a porch, pictured from the waist down. Next to their feet are six pairs of children’s shoes in different colors and sizes. The photo is accompanied by a caption that reads, “Whichever one fits.”
“It was a way to say, 'We’re adopting' in a fun, unique and almost baby-announcement way,” Cara, 31, said. The mother-to-be said she and her husband aren’t at all concerned with their child’s gender, race or age. “We’re pretty open if it’s the right child.”
Cara posted the photo to the Facebook page of Together We Rise, a nonprofit group that helps children who are placed in foster care. The organization shared the photo on its page and received more than 33,000 likes. Other adoption-related pages subsequently shared the image, and comments began to pour in from supporters. Eric, 27, said response to the post was 100 percent positive.
“People have asked, ‘What’s the process? How do you get started?’” he said. “People are starting to think about what adoption is and what it’s all about.”
Eric and his wife have been married for five years, and made the decision to adopt about a year after tying the knot. “We’ve always had adoption on our hearts,” Cara said. “When we researched the foster care system, we found such a great need right here in our backyard that we decided to go through the foster care system here in Alabama and grow our family that way.”
The Taylors hope to adopt one of the 5,000 children that are currently in foster care throughout the state of Alabama. Eric, an army sergeant, said the couple just wants to give a child the love they deserve.
“I want to give a kid a loving and deserving family,” Eric said. “We’re very loving people and just want to be able to share that love with a child.”
“It’s going to be difficult,” Cara added. “Those kids are going to come from tough situations. The biggest thing we’re looking forward to is showing them that they are loved, that they deserved to be loved.”
Source: Today / Photo Credit: Cara Taylor via Today.com