Cuddling with a newborn baby is one of the greatest joys in life – for both the baby and the one lucky enough to be cuddling them – and adoption agencies across America are looking for volunteers to do just that.
While the baby’s parent or parents focus on making the best decision for themselves and the newborn, there is a span of time before the child is either taken in by its parents or put up for adoption. During that time, volunteers care for the bitty baby, providing the little one with all of the adoration and attention it needs in the first few weeks of life while keeping the parents up-to-date on the child’s wellbeing.
Susan Singer is just such an “interim caregiver” with Spence-Chapin and told ABC News, “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.”
OMG, heart squelches!
“All agencies over the years have certainly needed volunteers,” Adam Pertman, president of the National Center on Adoption and Permanency, added. “But… the need has grown. Volunteers have become more and more essential.”
Adoption agencies across the country are looking for these volunteers, according to ABC, so if you’re interested in becoming a volunteer baby cuddler get in touch with an agency near you. Huggies offers a similar sort of idea with their No Baby Unhugged program, too.
Way to go, baby-cuddling volunteers! You’re doing an amazing, loving, adorable thing!
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(h/t Refinery29; photo via Anna Omelchenko/ Getty)