Community Interest

Life Change Through the Library

By Tiffani Stewart, St. Charles City-County Library 

“You don’t have to be the perfect person to be the perfect parent.” - AdoptUSKids.org

 Marcy Bursac is a fierce advocate for foster care adoption and considers herself a voice for waiting children. She shared her philosophy - that a willingness to parent is more important than experience or knowledge - during a recent presentation at the “How-To Virtual Festival” offered by the St. Charles City-County Library.

When Marcy and her husband Nathan decided to adopt a child, they spent five years navigating the process. Their search led them to a mostly overlooked option: foster care. After adopting two children (siblings) through the foster care process, Marcy was inspired to write The Forgotten Adoption Option.

St. Charles County resident Stacy Owens was scrolling through Facebook one day when she discovered Marcy and her book. Stacy decided to check out The Forgotten Adoption Option as an eBook on Hoopla through the Library. Reading the book and connecting with Marcy in person convinced Stacy and her family to pursue a license to adopt through foster care. They are currently navigating a long and frustrating process, but they are committed. Stacy says, “I would 100% recommend adoption through foster care despite the obstacles. There are so many children needing safe and loving homes. I would encourage anyone who can to give them the chance to have a family.”

Stacy and her kids use the Library regularly. She especially enjoys the convenience of reading books on her phone - just the way she did with The Forgotten Adoption Option. Having the book at her fingertips has made their challenging experience a little bit easier. “Marcy’s book and her guidance cleared up some questions and concerns that we had. Her story was informative while also giving us an idea of some of the real emotional paths we would go down.”

If you are considering a life change, remember the Library as a source of reliable information and as a connection to community resources. The Library offers many books, classes, and programs that have led customers to new jobs, fulfilling hobbies, emergency assistance, close friendships, and maybe soon, a new addition to the family!

Marcy Bursac’s book is an invaluable resource to those who long to become parents. She says, “There are currently 120,000 children in foster care in the United States who will not return to their biological families. They need adoptive families. Foster care adoption is the most affordable and fastest way to adopt.”

If you are interested in more information about adoption through foster care, find The Forgotten Adoption Option on Library shelves or as an eBook through the Library’s virtual collection. It may change your life...or the life of a child in need.

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