Children are one of the most important assets that our nation has. They should all be loved, nurtured, and given the feeling that they are needed; because they are. As the years pass, we as adults fade away and get older and our children are the ones we will be “passing the baton” to. So what can we do to ensure that we are creating good homes for our future leaders, teachers and future business owners? Maybe you already have kids and you are thinking that all of these things are already going on in your household, and that is great! But the sad fact is that there are thousands of kids in the US who do not have a place to call home or a family to call their own.
I am sure that you have heard of foster care, everyone has, right? But what do you really know about foster care? Is it just something you know about, where kids who have no homes go? More people need to be made aware of what foster care is, what it means, and the resources that are out there for people who are interested in fostering or adopting these children and young adults who are longing for a place to call home.
Right now, there are 428,000 youth in the U.S. foster care system and 112,000 are waiting to be adopted. AdoptUSKids’ maintains a national photo listing service for children waiting to be adopted.
Since the project launched in 2002, more than 26,000 children who were once photo listed on adoptuskids.org have been adopted and nearly 39,000 families have registered to adopt through the website. Nevertheless, older youth are disproportionally represented – approximately 43% percent of children and youth photo listed on adoptuskids.org are between 15 and 18 years old, but only 17% of those adopted have been in this age group.
|A Few Facts about Adopting from Foster Care:
Contacting a local foster care agency is the best way to connect with resources and learn about policies to become a foster parent in your State. Choosing an agency should take into account your family’s personal preferences regarding the services provided by that agency. You can either use our interactive map of state adoption and foster care information for finding a local agency, or search Child Welfare Information Gateway’s National Foster Care and Adoption Directory.
The truth is there are kids out there who need YOU. And whether you realize it or not, maybe you need them too. For more information about adoption, or about becoming an adoptive parent to a child from foster care, please visit www.adoptuskids.org or visit the campaign’s communities on Facebook and Twitter.