Could You Be the Family a Child Has Been Waiting For?
By adopting through foster care, you could be the answer for a child who is unable to return to his or her biological family! When children enter foster care, the main goal is to reunite them with their biological parents, but for many—one quarter of the 400,000 currently in the foster care system—this is not possible. Foster care adoption is the low-cost process by which a child's foster parents or another family like yours provides a forever family for the child in need.
Foster care adoption facts: 100,000 children are waiting
On average, children in foster care wait two years to be adopted. Right now, there are more than 100,000 children nationwide in foster care who are waiting for a lifelong family who will surround them with love and care. Sadly, an average of 23,000 youth “age out” of the foster care system every year. This means that these foster youth reach the age of 18 without ever finding their forever family.
The stark reality for youth who age out of foster care:
- Over half of these youth lack a high school diploma and within two years, approximately 30 percent experience homelessness or incarceration and more than half of the young women will have children who also enter the foster care system, continuing the cycle.
- Consider also the connection between aging out of foster care and human trafficking. Young men and women, feeling the absence of a loving family, are gradually lured into situations where a "mom" or "dad"-like pimp promises to provide some of the youth's physical and emotional needs in exchange for sex or other services.
YOU and your family can be the missing link that keeps these youth from being trafficked or incarcerated. YOU can stop the foster care cycle.
What does foster care adoption cost?
As you research your options, you're probably wondering about the cost of adopting from foster care. The answer: often very little. Adopting a child from foster care is often times funded by the state, and in many cases, there are little or no fees (varies by state). Medical subsidies and financial assistance are often available until the child is 18 years old, regardless of the adoptive family’s income.
How do I get started?
If you have taken the time to consider adoption, and have determined a plan you feel is right for your family, you are ready to take the next step. We have been helping families adopt since 1944 and we will be there to support you every step of the way. Sign up to attend a Discover Bethany Adoption meeting in your area, or contact us to receive more comprehensive information about foster care adoption.