Adoption ?

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Adoption ?
Mon, 10-29-2007 - 8:36pm

I'm visiting this board for the first time tonight.

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Registered: 02-20-2006
In reply to: palmer4
Mon, 10-29-2007 - 8:56pm

The system is overcrowded, however not with babies. The system is full of children.

Who are the Waiting Children in the U.S. Foster Care System?

Teenagers. Sibling groups. Children with physical, mental, or emotional disabilities. Children who have been abused and neglected.

Many thousands of children who wait for parents live in foster homes, group homes or residential treatment centers. More than half the children are of minority descent. Sadly, many of them have experienced abuse and neglect, and all have endured the trauma of being separated from their families. The challenges differ from child to child, but they all long for unconditional love, patience and understanding. These children are waiting for the day when they will have a family who can give them the stability and loving care they so desperately need...and deserve.
The Numbers

Foster Care Totals
Children of color outnumber white children in foster care. Of the children in foster care:
39% were Black non-Hispanic;
34% were White non-Hispanic;
17% were Hispanic;
2% were American Indian/Alaskan Native;
1% Asian/Pacific Islander; and
7% were of unknown or other racial/ethnic background.

The average (mean) age of children in foster care was 9.9 years. The average (mean) length of time that children had been in foster care was 32 months.

Children Needing Families

The United States Department of Health and Human Services estimates that as many as 127,000 children in foster care needed adoptive families. The ethnic backgrounds of these children are as follows:
42% were African American
32% were White
15% were Hispanic
1% were Native American/Alaskan Native
1% were Asian/Pacific Islander
8% were of unknown/unable to determine ethnic backgrounds

The average mean age of children waiting to be adopted is 7.9 years. More than 70% of the children are under the age of 11.

The mean length of time that these children have been in foster care is 44 months.
Source: AFCARS June 2001

According the US Department of Health and Human Services, 50,000 children were adopted from the foster care system in fiscal year 2000.

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Registered: 06-03-2007
In reply to: palmer4
Tue, 10-30-2007 - 6:32am
To anecdotally support momof3sprouts fabulous post, let me share that my cousin-in-law adopted a 3 yr old black girl last spring. It only took her 3 or 4 months. She may have had some kinda fast track through the home studies as she has adopted before, years earlier, but essentially the moment she said she was willing to take an older black child there was a list for her to pick from, the rest was just details of transitioning her into her new home, letting her meet her new olders brothers, etc.
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Registered: 04-15-2006
In reply to: palmer4
Tue, 10-30-2007 - 10:04am
I have a couple that I worked with that had adopted a little girl and was in the process of adopting a little baby boy.

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Registered: 08-18-2006
In reply to: palmer4
Tue, 10-30-2007 - 2:49pm