“We are adopting from foster care and have an ‘ice breaker’ meeting with a 10-year-old boy scheduled for tomorrow. I’m super nervous. Can anyone share advice about forging a connection?”
Foster Adoption Overview: How to Adopt a Child from Foster Care
Would you like to adopt a child from foster care? Learn about the foster adoption process and how to adopt a child who needs a permanent home.
Amazingly, the number one question we’re asked about being a foster family is: “Are you afraid of what they'll teach your children?” So, what have my kids learned? To start—to be open, generous, non-judgmental, thankful for their warm home….
Today in the United States, more than 123,000 children in foster care are waiting for a permanent home through adoption. Nearly 45 percent of these children are ages eight or older—and desperately need the stability, guidance, and love that only a family can provide. Learn more of the myths and realities surrounding older child adoption.
When the courts place children in foster care, siblings have only each other to turn to and count on.
“Looking back on this picture, I see a child who was confused, but yearning for what we all want and need: security, a family, and love. The picture is about hope.”
Have you considered growing your family through adoption from U.S. foster care, but don’t know where to begin? Contact the experts at AdoptUSKids for personalized guidance and the reassurance that “you don’t have to be perfect to be a perfect parent.”
“We just found out that we won’t be able to adopt the child we’ve been fostering. How do we tell the child, and explain to our older daughter?”
Our recommendations for online adoption resources — from government sites to attorney directories — selected by the editors of Adoptive Families magazine.
Adoption: By the Numbers, the latest report from the National Council For Adoption, shows a slight increase in U.S. infant adoptions from 2007 to 2014.
A new report shows that there were more children in U.S. foster care at the end of 2015 than 2014. This is the third year this number has risen.
Being a foster parent is not for the faint of heart. Your heart swells, loves, breaks, and heals with each placement—and it is all, every moment of it, worth it.
Four years ago, I legally became a mother. The adoption day was no less special because I had already been parenting Danielle for 15 months. On that day, I truly claimed my daughter. No one could take her away.
Adoptive parents share how much it cost for them to adopt domestically and internationally — and how long they waited for their child — in our 2015-2016 Cost & Timing Survey.
Are all children from foster care considered “special needs,” and, therefore, eligible for the full adoption tax credit?
Nia Vardalos describes her first meeting with the preschooler she adopted from U.S. foster care.
As foster parents, you open your hearts and home to a child even as you’re preparing to reunite her with her birth mother.
I have a five-month-old foster child whose case was recently transferred from kinship care to foster care. What does this mean?
Answers to your parenting questions.
How can we explain to our four-year-old that the baby we’ve been fostering will be going back to his birth family?
View the replay of the “Parenting the Hurt Child” webinar. Regina M. Kupecky, LSW, guides parents in understanding a newly adopted older child’s behavior and discuss what will work (and what to avoid) to help him heal and attach.