If you have opened your heart to the idea of adoption, consider giving a foster child a forever home. Foster care is a temporary arrangement for the care of a child when their birth parent is unable to do so. It can be done informally or formally through a court. While the goal is reunification with the birth family, that is only accomplished with half of the foster cases. Consequently, there are many foster children up for adoption.
Children can be placed into foster care due to abuse, neglect, or other reasons that are no fault of their own. According to recent data from the Administration for Children and Families, there are currently over 423,000 foster children in the United States.
The system has many loving, wonderful foster children available for adoption. If you long to grow your family while providing a child with a permanent home, there are two ways to adopt a foster child.
Foster to Adopt
You may choose to be licensed as a foster parent with the intent of adopting. When you foster a child, the first goal is always to reunite them with their biological family. When this is not possible, adoption becomes an option. Around 25% of children in foster care will be adopted, and typically by their foster family. There are many benefits to fostering before adopting:
- Children have more stability since they are not moving from home to home.
- Potential parents can begin bonding with the child and parenting right away.
- Foster and adoption agencies can easily assess the suitability of the home for the child.
- Adoptive parents can begin nurturing a valuable relationship with their child’s biological family for a healthy transition for everyone.
Direct Foster Care Adoption
There are over 120,000 foster children up for adoption and awaiting their forever home. You can work with an agency, like Heart of Adoptions Alliance, to assist you with the process of adopting a foster child. It is vital to realize that a child in foster care has undergone some level of trauma. To provide them with the specific care they require, you will attend special training to understand how to cope with their physical and emotional history. The median age of foster children waiting to be adopted is between seven and eight, but ages can range from infant to 21.
Adopting a foster child can be inexpensive with the federal Adoption Tax Credit. Most children receive a monthly subsidy, Medicaid benefits, and tuition assistance. In many cases, parental rights have already been terminated by a judge. You will be providing a stable, loving home to a child in a temporary situation.
Choosing to adopt a foster child can be life-changing for both of you. These children did not choose to be placed in an unstable environment. Opening your heart and home can completely change their path in life. Without your willingness to adopt, eventually, they age out of the foster care system to face many difficult challenges as an adult.
There are many programs to support you before, during, and after the adoption is complete. Reach out for more information about foster adoption or ask questions about your current situation by calling 866-432-7860 or emailing us at [email protected].