Foster Care Adoption
Approximately 50,000 children are adopted each year from foster care, but about 100,000 kids are still waiting to be adopted. They are ready and available for parents. They are simply waiting. There are also about 400,000 in foster care in need of foster parents while a decision is made whether they will be able to be returned to their biological families or whether they will be adopted.
- Direct Foster Care Adoption: There are about 100,000 children whose parental rights have already been terminated and whose caseworkers are currently seeking adoptive families for them. The average age of children waiting to be adopted is about 7, but approximately 40% are under six, and many of these younger kids are part of a sibling group.
- Foster to Adopt: The US has approximately 400,000 children in foster care that have been removed from their biological parents due to abuse or neglect. These children are placed in foster homes while state social workers work with their birth families. The goal of foster care is to heal birth families so that children can return home, and foster families are expected to work with social workers on reunification. Children are able to return to their families half the time. When family reunification is not possible, adoptive families are sought, and the foster family is usually given the first choice at adoption. Approximately 25% of children in foster care will ultimately be adopted, most often by their foster family. There are wide variances within states, and counties within states, on the willingness to work with foster families whose ultimate goal is adoption.
This one-hour radio interview is a great introduction to how to adopt from foster care: Foster Care Adoption
Gender: There are about an even number of boys and girls in foster care
Race: White-42%, Black-26%, Hispanic- 21%, Other-11%
- Adoption Subsidies and Benefits When Adopting from Foster Care (1 hr. radio interview with experts)
- Foster Care Subsidies: What is Reasonable and How to Negotiate (1 hr. radio interview with expert)
- Parenting the Hurt Child (1 hr radio interview with Dr. Greg Keck)
- Parenting a Child that has Been Sexually Abused (1 hr radio interview with Dr. Joshua Sparrow, Harvard Professor in Psychiatry)
- What do We Mean by “Special Needs” Adoption and Should You Consider this Option? (1 hr. radio interview with experts)
Creating a Family has many resources for foster care adoption. A few of our most recent we think you will find particularly helpful are:
- Open Adoption With Addicted Birth Parents (blog post)
- A True Teen Foster Care Adoption Story (guest blog post)
- Foster Care Adoption 101 (1 hr. radio show w/ expert)
- Should You Consider Adopting a Child of a Different Race or Ethnicity (1 hr. radio show w/ expert)
- Parenting Adopted Teens and Tweens (1 hr. radio show w/ expert)
- Suggested Books for Kids Adopted from Foster Care and for Adults On Foster Care/Foster to Adopt (curated
- book lists)
Many more Creating a Family radio interviews with experts, videos, blogs, fact sheets, and Q and A’s with Experts on adopting from foster care can be found at the icons below.
Sources: Creating a Family radio shows below, AFCARS Report