Every child deserves a home, stability and a loving family.
On any given day, there are nearly 443,000 children in foster care in the United States. According to UNICEF (the United Nations Children's Emergency Fund), there are roughly 153 million orphans worldwide. Every day, an estimated 5,700 more children become orphans.
Thats 153 million children that are looking to be chosen by their forever family.
As an educational speaker in the foster care community, Shana Smith has been able to engage with children in foster care on many levels both as a volunteer and as a foster parent. Shana is also a member of the Tennessee Foster Care Association and the International Foster Care Organization.
She describes herself as one happy and blessed person. As the mom to 3 amazing little humans and the wife to her best friend she feels incredibly overwhelmed with gratitude every day. She became a foster mother in 2006, as a single woman; little did she know that she would be happily married within a year! In 2008, she and her husband Grant finalized the adoption of their first child.
In 2014 the Smiths relocated to beautiful Middle Tennessee and couldn't have been more excited about this adventure. 1SG Smith has been in the US Army for more than 20 years, deploying mulitple times. The Smiths firmly believe the motto: God, Country, Family which they make evident in their every day life.
Grant and Shana have a beautiful teenage daughter, that loves cross country and track. An incredibly handsome son who hasn't decided on soccer or hockey as his future. Most recently they have welcomed one more sweet Smith into the mix.
The entire Smith family loves being outdoors together enjoying different sports and family activities. Each summer the family takes a road trip, device free, and according to the children, this is one of their favorite family traditions.
In their family the year is broken into seasons a bit differently; forget summer, fall, winter and spring because they have soccer, hockey and baseball and hockey; no matter where they go, they still root for their Anaheim Ducks.
Shana has her degree in Criminal Justice and will be attending law school to become a Guardian Ad Litem, to be a voice for children in foster care. You can find her being a taxi-cab driver (AKA sports mom), working in her garden, taking on some challenging DIY projects in her home and reading.
Shana enjoy's volunteering with several organizations, but her deepest passion is being able to help grow families through foster care and adoption. This is done through support, education and being present in others lives. It is her firm belief that are no unadoptable children, only unfound families.