Adoption agencies around the country are looking for temporary caregivers to care for newborn babies. Â As reported by ABC News, agencies need more volunteers to ensure these babies have a loving person to hold, hug, and care for them the first few weeks after birth.
Joan Jaeger, the vice president of outreach and communications for Adoption Learning Partners said that temporary newborn care is "not meant to be a long-term solution by any stretch of the imagination." This is designed for new mothers who are considering adoption, and this provides some relief while they are making that decision.
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And this need continues to grow. Â According to theÂ U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, there are 159,000 American children adopted or waiting to be adopted each year.
"Agencies are not exactly the best funded today, so volunteers are more important probably than they have ever been," Adam Pertman, president of the National Center on Adoption and Permanency, told ABC News. "All agencies over the years have certainly needed volunteers but?the need has grown. Volunteers have become more and more essential."
One of these lucky caretakers, Susan Singer from New York, told ABC News thatÂ "My job is to make the baby feel safe and loved 24-7. I hold them all the time. I talk to them. I sing to them. We play music. And I get so much joy and pleasure. I feel so good when I'm with an infant that I hope that it does ? something for them, too."
Before any volunteer can care for aÂ newborn, they are subjected to a detailed background check and home visits. Â The agencies needÂ to make sure that the babies will be in a safe environment. Â The agencies will typically cover all the necessary expenses including diapers, formula, transportation, and clothing.
It also helps the volunteer in thatÂ they only will keep the babies for a few weeks. Â According to Katherine Foley, a spokeswoman for the New York's Spence-Chapin adoption agency, short-term careÂ eases separationÂ anxiety.
We recommended checking with your local adoption agencies to see if they need additional volunteers to help caring for the little bundles of joy. Â If you need help finding local agencies, check out theÂ U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Child Welfare organization search.