Reasons to Adopt a Child from Foster Care

Family/ Parenting - General
By: Lyndore    
11-Jul-2012

Introduction:Surveys show that 1 in 5 Americans have considered adoption at one point, but when people think of adoption they generally think of either international or domestic infant adoption. There is another type of adoption that has gotten far less publicity, but the children don't need families any less. So, for your consideration, The Top Five Reasons to Adopt From Foster Care.

  • 01

    Low Cost

    It's a simple fact that many people who have consider adoption but never followed through cite the cost as a major factor. With international and infant adoptions costing upwards of $25,000 for a single child, it can be intimidating. Adoption from foster care, however, costs next to nothing. In some states, adoption from foster care is not only free, but subsidies are available to help with the cost of raising the child. Cost never need be a factor with this type of adoption.

  • 02

    Simple Requirements

    Where private adoption agencies are extremely selective about the families they choose to work with, almost anyone can adopt from foster care. As long as you are an adult over the age of 21, are living somewhere steady, and have never been involved in a child abuse case, you can adopt. You don't have to be a certain religion. You do not have to be rich. You do not have to be married. You do not even have to own a house. If you are over 21 and capable of caring for a child, you are probably eligible to adopt.

  • 03

    Shorter Time Frame

    Anyone who has looked into adoption knows that it can take years to adopt from another country or adopt an infant. Adoption from foster care, however, can be much shorter. Any adoption will take a while to get all of the paperwork done, but adoption from foster care can (not always, but sometimes) be completed in a single year.

  • 04

    Free Training

    When you adopt from another country, a good agency will offer some training. When you adopt an infant in a private adoption, it is possible you will be trained. However, with adoption from foster care, a state-run class is not only offered, but required. These classes are usually completely free and cover many subjects you will need to know before adopting. This class will offer not only valuable knowledge, but also a chance to get to know other people in your area who are adopting.

  • 05

    Greater Need

    This one might step on some toes. Obviously, ALL orphaned children need families, and no one will debate that. However, because the children in foster care often have at least some emotional damage due to abuse or neglect (the only reason children are put in foster care), fewer people are willing to take on the challenge. There is no shortage of people wishing to adopt healthy newborns or smiling toddlers, but there is a distinct lack of people who want to take on an abused school-aged child. However, EVERY child deserves a family no matter how many problems they may have. Why not a family with you?




Final Thoughts

While parenting a child who was adopted from foster care may not be easy, parenting a healthy and well-adjusted biological child isn't easy either. There are more than enough families able to take on children, so why should the beautiful children waiting in foster care have to wait any longer?


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