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“Children are the hands by which we take hold of heaven.”

 


 

This board was created for those who have either been foster parents or have adopted children to share their experiences.

My husband and I have decided to open our home up to children without homes so that they can grow up in a safe environment until they can either be reunited with their natural parents or become adopted.

On 9/13/2008, we began this journey with our first of a series of foster care classes that are mandatory for becoming licensed care givers. This is a very new and exciting challenge for us and would love to hear experiences (good and bad) from others who have also either are/were foster parents or have adopted.




 

 

 

Resources:
Children Awaiting Parents
Children's Aid Society
Foster Care Training
AdoptusKids
 

 

Foster Care Satistics: http://www.childwelfare.gov/systemwide/statistics/childwelfare_foster.cfm

 

Total Population:
513,000 children were in the U.S. foster care system on September 30, 2005. Most children are placed temporarily in foster care due to parental abuse or neglect.


Age:
Average Age: 10.0 years
 

6% < 1 year
26% 1-5 years
20% 6-10 years
28% 11-15 years
18% 16-18 years
2% >19 years


Gender:

Male 52%
Female 48%


Race and Ethnicity:
As a percentage, there are more children of color in the foster care system than in the general U.S. population. However, child abuse and neglect occur at about the same rate in all racial/ethnic groups.

  Race/Ethnicity In out-of-home care In general population
  Black (non-Hispanic) 32% 15%
  White (non-Hispanic) 41% 61%
  Hispanic 18% 17%
  Am. Indian/Alaska Native (non-Hispanic) 2% 1%
  Asian/Pacific Islander (non-Hispanic) 1% 3%
  Unknown 2% N/A
  2 or More Races (non-Hispanic) 3% 4%

Length of Stay
For the children in foster care on September 30, 2005, the average amount of time they had been in the system was 28.6 months. Half of those leaving care that year had been away from home for a year or longer. 54% of the young people leaving the system were reunified with their birth parents or primary caregivers.

You Can Change a Lifetime! 

All children deserve a safe, happy life — including the 513,000 American children and youth in foster care. Young people in foster care especially need nurturing adults on their side because their own families are in crisis and unable to care for them.
 

Now is the time to get involved. No matter how much time you have to give, you have the power to do something positive that will Change a Lifetime for a young person in foster care.

 

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