Looking Toward Foster Care Training to Adopt Locally

domestic adoption and child abuseWhile my family waits and sorts through some ambivalent feelings about how shifting our adoption interests from a toddler Indian little girl to a local little boy from the Los Angeles’ County foster care system has actually set us back some months, the real news is we are suddenly very clear on wanting a sibling for Sam.

Adoption preconception is taking our family a really long time.

Because of my investigations into local adoption, I found this alarming statistic from the county. I urge you to think about this stat during the holiday season as you purchase bountiful gifts for your spoiled kids, take family vacations, and play with new toys all month. So many children have no such circumstances. It kills me around this time of year.

International Adoption: Last month during National Adoption Month, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said, “Over the last 10 years, American families have opened their hearts and homes to more than 200,000 children from other countries. They have given vulnerable children the opportunity to thrive. Families who adopt are enriched by the love of their new children, and the heritage they bring from their birth countries. The State Department is committed to safeguarding the interests of children, birth parents, and adoptive parents worldwide.”

Domestic Adoption: According to national adoption research, in the United States, there are 3,000 children abused each day and four of them will die. (Forty percent of these children were under the age of six.) The age group with the highest abuse rate is 0-3 years.

Nationally, the highest form of abuse is neglect, followed by physical abuse. Some of these reasons make me yearn to adopt a troubled child, and yet I don’t have enough fortitude for it, I’m not that kind of mom. I like things easy…

In stats I found from last year, there were 56,138 children in foster care in California with 13,394 children waiting for adoptive families.

Where are you within your adoption journey? Tell me in the comments below.




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  1. by Debbie B Michael

    On December 11, 2012 at 3:31 pm

    I adopted a young boy from Russia a few years back. It was definitely an adjustment for our family, but I’d definitely do it again. I am so thankful for Roma in my life! It’s so sad that little kids that can’t defend themselves are getting abused each day, this needs to be stopped!

  2. by Key MOMents

    On December 14, 2012 at 1:23 pm

    We are a 30 something couple with two young children, and we’ve been fostering a 15 year old girl for six months now and hoping to adopt soon… foster care is a lot of work, but these kids NEED us!!


  3. by Pauline@NationalSocialServices

    On December 18, 2012 at 11:32 am

    It’s sad to know that there are lots of kids out there who are being abused and neglected. I am blessed to have parents who support, care and love me. When I heard about this issue on child abuse, it saddens me and it lead me to thinking of adopting or fostering in the near future to help this poor children.