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Building Your Family: Getting Started in Foster Adoption

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Choosing Foster Adoption

Foster Care Statistics

  • There are approximately 107,000 waiting children available for adoption in the U.S. foster care system.
  • In 2010, 52,891 children were adopted from foster care.
  • Average age of waiting children: 8.1 years old.
  • Race/ethnicity of waiting children: 39% Caucasian, 29% African-American, 22% Hispanic.
  • The average child in foster care goes through three different placements and stays in the system for nearly 29 months.
  • Each year, more than 26,000 children age out of foster care.

Adoption Agency Directory

Find agencies placing foster children in your state:


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Refine your results with an Advanced Search.

There's new hope for children in foster care as more and more families are considering foster adoption. 107,000 children in the US foster care system are waiting for permanent, loving families.

Here you'll find resources for foster adoption, personal stories by families who adopted foster children, and links to national organizations to help you get started.

Personal Stories from Foster Adopters

  • The Second Half of My Life
    I'd been a hard-driving reporter and happily single. But now I was ready for something more.
  • Special Delivery
    At first, we envisioned welcoming a baby into our home. But we soon discovered that dopting older children was right for us.
  • Fostering Love
    The emotional risks were daunting. But foster adoption was still the best option for me.
  • 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.
  • Helping Your Child Say Goodbye
    Strong connections to the past will allow your child to embrace the future.
  • The Foster Adoption Series
    A family chronicles the first-year joys of adopting two older girls from foster care, in this special six-part series.
  • Changing My Name to Mom
    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.

Making Older Child Adoption Work

  • Keys to Easing Adjustment
    Children do not want to be different from their peers. Giving them the skill to answer intrusive and embarrassing questions is critical.
  • Keeping Our Children Connected
    We've worked hard to establish and maintain contact with the families that came before us.
  • A Healthy Attachment
    Whatever your childís history, responsive parenting is key to a secure, loving relationship.