Just about every Monday, I feature children who are waiting to be adopted through the foster care program. Each child has been approved by the heart galleries that host them to appear on my blog. Not every heart gallery from every state has given us permission to post their waiting children (some we can only link to, some we can use photos and some change their minds constantly about whether or not we are allowed to help in their outreach efforts) …we are working on that. Brenda of Another Small Adventure really does all the work on this. She knows foster care waaay better than I do and I am grateful for all her help.
That said, things are going to be a little different for today’s Matching Monday. Today I am sharing some info from the KSL Telethon for adoption to benefit the Utah Adoption Exchange. (Source: Utah Adoption Exchange)
Frequently Asked Questions about Foster Care Adoption
QUESTION: I’m single can I adopt?
ANSWER: Yes many times the Division of Child and Family Services (DCFS) feels that a certain child may do better in a single parent home. DCFS by policy gives preference to a family with two parents, but they really are looking for a home that they feel can meet the child’s needs.
QUESTION: What happens to children in foster care that don’t get adopted?
ANSWER: When children are around the age of 16 years of age, DCFS has a program called “Transition to Adult Living”, this program works to help the youth learn the skills they will need to be on their own. At age 18 or when they graduate from high school the youth are emancipated from the system. Usually they have already been living in an apartment with a case worker checking in to assist when necessary. Many youth age out of the system and are not emotionally prepared to be independent. Youth who age out of foster care have higher rates of unplanned pregnancy, incarceration, homelessness and death. It is very important for them to have the back up of a real family.
QUESTION: If I want to adopt a child under that age of eight from foster care I have to be a foster parent first?
It is true that if you are interested in adopting a younger child you must be a foster parent first. 59% of the children that are in foster care return home to their birth families or other relatives. 46% of children that are adopted from foster care are adopted by their foster parents. So for potential adoptive parents this means that you may have to foster and return home several children before you are able to adopt. This can be difficult especially for childless couples, but if you look at if from a different view point, this will help build your parenting skills while you wait for a child that can be adopted. If children can go back to their families that is what ultimately is best for all involved.
You can also view the heart galleries from all the states by clicking on the states you are interested in.
Share this Matching Monday link on your blog to help these children find forever families! Or post a Matching Monday button on your own blog. You can also press “LIKE” at the top or bottom of the post to share these waiting children with your Facebook friends!