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According to the Child Welfare League of America, over 117,000 foster children are waiting to be adopted. And out of those 117,000 waiting children, an estimated 18,000 foster children will age-out of the system--and will no longer be provided for or taken care of--before they can be adopted. There is an obvious and overwhelming need to help these foster children find their forever families.
Foster care adoption requires patience, perseverance, and determination. It can be quite a process and a journey. Because of this, it is important that you determine whether or not foster adoption is the right path for you and your family. You should study out the process and your options with your family. Here are some of the questions you should ask yourself while determining if foster adoption is the right choice for you:
When researching and studying your options and the foster adoption process, remember that it varies by each state. Make it a point to verify your state's foster adoption process and regulations. This can save you confusion and setbacks throughout the long and stressful process.
During the course of your foster adoption, you'll be required to complete a home study. And exactly like the entire foster adoption process, the specific requirements for the home study will also vary by state. You may be asked to fill out forms and provide documents to prove your adequate finances, adequate living space, and details about each person living in your household. You may also be asked for personal references and personal health information. It may feel invasive, but it is necessary.
It is also important to remember that some foster children have emotional or behavioral issues. Be certain that you and your family can handle these issues and that you can help, love, and be patient with the child. Remember that life is a process for everyone.
Because the foster adoption process can be stressful and difficult sometimes, it is important to have a stable and sturdy support system around you. Your support system can be made up of family members and close friends, support group members, professional counselors or therapists, and trusted adoption professionals. They will be there to support you, help you, and encourage you. Having a reliable support system can bolster your spirits, so you can continue with your foster adoption journey.
If you have any questions or concerns about the process or if you are qualified to adopt from foster care, contact your local foster care office. They will have the requirements specific to your state. They are truly an invaluable resource when researching and beginning foster adoption.
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"I foster adopted my beautiful daughter when she was 3 years old. In just a few weeks, she will be turning 10. Where does the time go. My awesome daughter was born pre-natally exposed to methamphetamines. She had sepsis and meningitus at birth (causing hydrocephally, and epilepsy). She is the greatest gift in the world to me. I am soooo blessed." - Eileen
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