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Resources for Parents Adopting from Foster Care

104,000 children in the U.S. foster-care system are waiting for permanent, loving families. Here, we present heartwarming stories of parents who chose to adopt from foster care, helpful resources for prospective foster or fost/adopters, books for parents and kids, and links to national organizations working to find homes for U.S. waiting children.


Featured articles

The Foster-Adoption Series
By Kathryn Reiss and Tom Strychacz


A family chronicles the first-year joys and challenges of adopting two older girls from foster care, in this special six-part series.

A Place to Call Home
In the more than 25 years Iíve worked in the child welfare system, including two as National Project Director of AdoptUsKids, Iíve truly come to believe that almost any family can adopt a child from U.S. foster care. As our PSA says, you donít have to be perfect to be a perfect parent.

The number of adoptions from foster care has risen slightly in recent years, but many more adults consider this route without taking action...read more


FOSTER CARE STATISTICS
There are approximately 400,500 children in foster care in the United States. It's estimated that 104,000 are eligible for adoption.
In 2011, an estimated 50,516 children were adopted from foster care.
In 2011, 68% of children were adopted by married couples; 32% were adopted by single parents.
Median age of child in foster care waiting to be adopted: 8 years.
Race/ethnicity of children in foster care: 40% Caucasian, 28% African-American, 22% Hispanic, 10% other.
Each year, about 26,000 children age out of foster care.


ARTICLES ON FOSTER ADOPTION AND FOST/ADOPTION
A Child to Love
In honor of National Adoption Month, this November, AF takes an inside look at adopting a child from the foster care system. Four families share their foster adoption journeys, and celebrity fost-adopt mom Nia Vardalos talks one-on-one with Adoptive Families editors.
A Delicate Balance
In this excerpt from her moving memoir, Another Mother, Sarah Gerstenzang relates her often painful, yet life-affirming journey as mother to a waiting child.
New Hope for Kids in Foster Care, by Madelyn Freundlich
Thanks to changes in the law, more parents are taking another look at foster adoption.
Special Delivery, by Kate McKee Robertson
At first, we envisioned welcoming a baby into our home. But we soon discovered that adopting older children was right for us.
Keeping Our Children Connected, by Linda M.
We've worked hard to establish and maintain contact with the families that came before us.
Keys to Easing Adjustment, by Jayne Schooler
They do not want to be different from their peers. Giving them the skill to answer intrusive and embarrassing questions is critical.
Fostering Love, by Rosemary Shulman
The emotional risks were daunting. But foster adoption was still the best option for me.
The Day That Glowed as Bright as the Sun, by Justin James Laing
A 10-year-old recalls the day a foster family became a forever family for him and his sister.
Changing My Name to Mom, by Annie Kassof
As she prepares for the adoption of her third child, the author knows it is not just she who must be ready, but also the 9-year-old girl she's fallen in love with.
When One Parent Is Rejected, by Mary Hopkins-Best
How to cope when a newly adopted toddler rejects you.
Brotherly (and Sisterly) Love, by María R. Gómez
When the courts place children in foster care, siblings have only each other to turn to and count on.
Helping Your Child Say Goodbye, by Kathy Sullivan
Strong connections to the past will allow your child to embrace the future.
The Steps to Fost/Adopt


ARTICLES ON OLDER CHILD ADOPTION
Special Delivery, by Kate McKee Robertson
At first, we envisioned welcoming a baby into our home. But we soon discovered that adopting older children was right for us.
What We Wish We Had Known, by Judy and Sara Myerson
A mom and her daughter share lessons learned about older child adoptions.
Beyond the Barriers, by Mary M. Johnston
What we have learned about older child adoptions.
When Food Becomes a Battleground, by Barbara Holtan
Parents must realize that a child who rejects food isn't rejecting them.
Helping Your Child Say Goodbye, by Kathy Sullivan
Strong connections to the past will allow your child to embrace the future.


ARTICLES ON FOSTER PARENTING
Guarding Tess: A Father's Story, by Timothy S. McCarty
I learned that the ultimate gift of love comes not from the receiver, but from the giver.
The Legalities of Foster Care, by Judith Sperling-Newton and Jason R. Smith
Legal Q & A.


BOOKS FOR PARENTS
A Guidebook for Raising Foster Children, by Susan McNair Blatt, M.D.
Nobody's Children: Abuse and Neglect, Foster Drift, and the Adoption Alternative, by Elizabeth Bartholet
Telling The Truth To Your Adopted Or Foster Child: Making Sense Of The Past, by Betsy Keefer and Jayne E. Schooler
Parenting the Hurt Child: Helping Adoptive Families Heal And Grow, by Gregory Keck and Regina M. Kupecky
The Lost Children of Wilder: The Epic Struggle to Change Foster Care, by Nina Bernstein


BOOKS FOR KIDS AND TEENS
Bud, Not Buddy, by Christopher Paul Curtis
Parents Wanted, by George Harrar
Grover G. Graham and Me, by Mary Quattlebaum
The Ocean Within, by V. M. Caldwell
The Great Gilly Hopkins, by Katherine Paterson


TO LEARN MORE ABOUT FOSTER CARE AND FOST/ADOPTION, VISIT:
North American Council on Adoptable Children
AdoptUSKids
The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption
National Foster Parent Association


TO LEARN MORE ABOUT OLDER-CHILD ADOPTION, VISIT:
You Gotta Believe!
Older Child Adoption




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