A few facts from Adopt US Kids about kids in the foster care system:
Meet the Children
Children in foster care are regular children who, through no fault of their own, had to be removed from their families due to abusive or neglectful situations.
More than 250,000 children in the U.S. enter the foster care system every year. While more than half of these children will return to their parents, the remainder will stay in the system. Most of these children are living with foster families, but some also live in group facilities.
The Number of Waiting Children
Each year more than 20,000 children age out of the foster care without being adopted. Today there are 107,000 children in foster care waiting to be adopted ranging in age from less than a year old to 21.
The race and ethnicity of children waiting to be adopted vary from State to State and City to City. However, the most recent national report from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families Adoption and Foster Care Analysis Reporting System shows the majority of children waiting to be adopted are Caucasian (39 percent) or African American (29 percent). Children of Hispanic origin account for 22 percent of those waiting to be adopted.
How Adoption Changes a Child’s Life
Being taken away and moved from placement to placement can make children in foster care feel like they can never count on anyone again.
Think about fostering. Think about adopting.
Oh wow. A fellow blogger, Sam from My Barefoot Farm, wrote a post just last night about fostering.
I loved what she had to say:
Now I like to think of myself as pro-life. I believe life begins at conception. I do not like abortions, they kill living babies. I know many, many people preach the pro-life stance.
Consider this. Doesn't pro-life go beyond saving an unborn child? You can rejoice all day that a young, un-wed mother decided to not abort and to instead keep her baby. Pat yourself on the back too, if you wish. Consider it a noble thing done.
But WHO will be there 3 or even 10 years later when that same mother can't care for her child. When that child goes into the foster system. Who's pro-life then?
Love it, Sam. Great point!
Image courtesy: fostercarecouncil.org