The path to adopting a child for many involves becoming a foster parent first. Learn about the risks, rewards, and responsibilities of caring for children in the U.S. foster care system.
Adoptive families probably celebrate or give thanks for adoption every day in their house, but each November the rest of the country joins in for National Adoption Month. It is a month-long campaign to create awareness of adoption issues, including a festive National Adoption Day, when more than 300 events are held at courtrooms throughout the country to finalize adoptions.
While adoption of all kinds is celebrated this month, the national focus is on adoption from foster care and the more than 400,000 kids currently in the system — 107,000 of whom are waiting for forever families. More children become available for adoption each year than are adopted. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, in 2014, 60,898 children had parental rights terminated by the courts, yet only 50,644 were adopted. And that year, 22,392 kids aged out of the system without a permanent family or home.
To dispel the myths and rumors, and help you decide if adopting from foster care is the right way to expand your family, read the information below…