Our Vision

We want to help your family — and your community — repair the world by promoting a culture of adoption in Jewish and other communities in order to radically increase the number of orphans getting permanent, loving homes—with the added bonus of a supportive social context for their families.

Family & Community Power
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Become familiar with the need for adoption in US Foster Care and internationally. Share what you have learned with your community through the leadership, newsletters and gatherings. Use the resources on this site for both purposes.

You have the courage and conviction, so now what?

The Children

There are between 8 and 12 million children in institutional care. On any given day, 39,000 children are forced to leave their homes and live on the street because of abuse by or death of a parent. Unparented children are vastly more vulnerable to sex and slave trafficking in many forms. And the generations that follow have little more hope.


Susan Silverman On Anxiety, Adoption And Making A Family In An Uncertain World

Creating a Family in a Beautiful, Broken World Hardcover, 233 pages | Susan Silverman, the older sister of the irreverent comic Sarah Silverman, grew up with a crippling fear of losing people she loved. Her fear wasn’t completely unfounded: When she was 2, her infant brother Jeffrey died inexplicably in his crib.

The View: Thursday May 26 2016 Watch Full Episode | 05/26/2016

The View full episode recap: A View Exclusive: Sarah Silverman and Sister Rabbi Susan Silverman (Casting Lots: Creating a Family in a Beautiful, Broken World); inspired by Refinery29’s mission to Take Back the Beach, the co-hosts will share their stories about body image and confidence with Stacy London.

“A book rich in understanding and humor [Silverman] meditates on what it means to live as a broken being in a beautifully imperfect world. Warm and spiritually engaging.”

—Kirkus Reviews 1/1/16

4% of every book bought through this link is donated to Second Nurture.

No one knows how many orphaned children are in the world or the circumstances of their care. In 2005, UNICEF estimated that there were 13 million children who had lost both parents in sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean. Due to the AIDS pandemic and other factors, that number has surely grown. Many of these children are being raised by extended family. Many are in orphanages, on the streets, or in child-headed groups. Many are trafficked into sexual and other criminal and military activities. Children living outside of family care are far less likely to have access to adequate shelter, nutrition, healthcare and education. They are far more likely to be subjected to disease, child trafficking, hazardous labor, physical abuse and sexual exploitation. They are also more likely to die from preventable and treatable diseases stemming from malnutrition, AIDS, inadequate sanitation, poor water, malaria and diarrhea. Remember the 276 girls kidnapped by Boko Haram in Nigeria? There’s one reason the world has paid attention to them: They have mothers. Recent medical research and cross-cultural studies confirm that institutionalized children are susceptible to a wide array of psychological and developmental and emotional challenges. www.bothendsburning.org

According to the most recent federal data, there are currently more than 400,000 children in foster care in the United States. They range in age from infants to 21 years old. The average age of a child in foster care is more than 8 years old. Children and youth enter foster care because they have been abused, neglected, or abandoned by their parents or guardians. All of these children have experienced loss and some form of trauma. In other ways, foster children are no different from children who aren’t in foster care: they are learning and growing, like to play and hang out with friends their age, and need the love and stability a permanent home provides. The median amount of time that a child spends in foster care is just over a year. More than half of the children in foster care will be reunified with their parents or primary caregivers, and nearly one-quarter will be adopted, many by their foster parents. Each year, approximately 20,000 youth will age out of the foster care system when they turn 18 or 21, or when they finish high school (depending upon the state in which they live.) These children are at increased risk of poor educational outcomes, experiencing homelessness, and being unemployed. (From AdoptUSKids.org)