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)
Stats about Foster Care Adoption:
- 53% of children adopted from foster care are adopted by their foster parents.
- The average age of a child adopted from foster care in Utah is age 5.1.
- The average age of a waiting child is 8.4.
- Once a waiting child reaches the age of 9 the likelihood of them being adopted drops dramatically.
- 11% of waiting children leave the system at age 18 each year without ever finding a family.
- The Adoption Exchange has placed nearly 7,000 children since opening in 1983.
- Boys wait on average longer than girls.
- There are over 104,000 children waiting in foster care nationally to be adopted.
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!