There are currently 895 children up for adoption in the state of Virginia, 142 of those are advertised on adoptuskids.org
I'd like to think that the rest aren't advertised because they're matched and pending adoption finalization or in visits with their future family now.
But, realistically, I think somebody has dropped the ball here.
We waited nearly 3 years to be matched with our daughter. The first time she was up for adoption and TPR had just happened was almost exactly the timing when we were approved, but we had no idea she even existed.
We went to an Adoption Awareness event at the Governors Mansion this week and it's very exciting that the governor has a task force in place to create awareness around the need, but the 20 families invited had all had finalizations in the past year. It was a great place to celebrate, but really preaching to the choir.
If only we could create the passion 12 months a year to find these kiddos a forever home. A forever home can make all the difference in the world for a child and for the future of our communities.