More than 100-thousand children in foster care in the United States are legally free and currently waiting for an adoptive home.
One concern that stops a lot of people from adopting is a birth parent or another relative can take an adopted child back.
The reality, adoptions of children from U.S. foster care are legally binding agreements that do not occur until the rights of all parents have been legally terminated by a court of law.
The state cannot recruit for a child until they are available to be placed.
Another myth, you can only adopt a child who is the same race.
Federal law prohibits the delay or denial of an adoptive placement based solely on race.
Some families may request a certain race, or a child may make the same request.
The social worker will work with the child and the family to make sure the best fit is found, regardless of race.
You don’t have to be perfect to adopt or foster child, but it does take someone special.
The common theme with so many of the kids you meet every week… they want a loving family.
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