Adopting an Older Child from Foster Care
Yes, stupid. But loving. I tell you one thing, it’s also a lot easier. Exact numbers surge when it comes to adopting an older child (they are often called Special Needs kids simply because their age makes it tough to adopt them out).
More than 100,000 children in the U.S. are living with loving and caring foster families, but these children are still waiting for families to adopt them and to give them a permanent home. Children in foster care who are waiting to be adopted cannot return to their birth families. They need new parents to love and take care of them.
They are often older children from racial or ethnic minorities, or children waiting to be adopted as a group with their brothers and sisters. Most important, they have been hurt by abuse and neglect as well as from having to leave their family and everything that they knew.
The adoption of older children who have been removed from their parents is usually because they have been abused or neglected and cannot return to those parents. These children have been in the care of the State and are in foster care while they wait for a permanent home. They and their siblings may have emotional, behavioral, developmental, or medical challenges. Most, if not all of the costs associated with the adoption of older children are paid by the State.
What if an older adopted child menaces my biological son Sam, 5? What is an older adopted child can’t attach and love our family?
In Los Angeles there are well over 30,000 older kids who need help and fostering right now! This one below broke my heart:
Children of the Night. Dedicated to assisting children between the ages of 11-17 who are sexually abused and forced to prostitute on the streets for food and shelter. Services include nationwide 24-hour free hotline, a street outreach program and a 24-bed shelter home with a private on-site school.
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