Help a child while growing your family. Today there are more than 100,000 children and youth in foster care who are waiting for the love and security that a permanent home provides.
Adopting from foster care is similar to other types of adoption in that after all of the decision making, paperwork, and preparation are completed, a dream of family is fulfilled. But foster care adoptions are different in a few important ways:
- Though it is possible to adopt a baby from foster care, the children who are available for adoption generally range from toddler to 21. The median age is eight years old.
- Because all children in foster care have experienced some form of trauma, parents who adopt from foster care undergo specific training to understand the affects of trauma and help children heal.
- Parents who adopt from foster care usually work with a public agency or a private agency that has contracted with the state to provide services.
- Adopting from foster care costs little to no money.