As a foster parent in Illinois, you are likely a loving person willing to open your heart and home to children in need. We at Lavin & Parisi Attorneys at Law admire your generosity and self-sacrifice. There may come a time when you want to make a more permanent arrangement and adopt a foster child.
If this is the case, you should know that there is a lot of confusion and misinformation out there regarding foster parent adoption. RESOLVE, the National Infertility Association, has gathered some facts that shed light on the issue.
1. There are many foster children available for adoption
Approximately 115,000 of the 500,000 children currently in the United States foster care system are available for adoption. This equates to approximately one in five. The timeframe for either a foster child placement or adoption can vary based on factors such as the child's status and your preferences. However, those who want to adopt a foster child are usually able to do so sooner or later.
2. Foster kids are not damaged goods
Admittedly, some children enter foster care with severe emotional needs, medical problems or disabilities, but they are the exception rather than the rule. It can take foster children some time to invest trust in new people due to the trauma that occurred in their family and placed them in foster care. They may have deeper challenges, but most do not have special needs.
3. Support is available for parents following the adoption
This can be even more true for families who adopt through the foster care system than for those who use a different form of adoption.
Foster parent adoption is one available method of growing your family. More information is available on our website.