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.
Answers to frequently asked questions on how to adopt from the U.S. foster system.
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.
There are half a million children in U.S. foster care. About 100,000 of them are already free for adoption, and 50,000 are adopted every year.
Two legal experts offer advice on where to start and how to navigate the uncertainties of adopting from the U.S. foster system.
Seventeen of us crowded into the court as witnesses to my nephew’s finalization, bringing an end to 10 years spent in foster care—10 years of waiting for this day.
For an overview of the average cost of a U.S. foster adoption, see the categories below. Don’t forget that the cost of adoption will be offset by the federal adoption tax credit (unless your income exceeds federal limitations) so make sure to keep detailed records of fees and payments during your adoption process.
The fees are minimal to non-existent, wait times can be shorter than in private or international adoption, and there are many younger children, toddlers, and even infants available for adoption. In many cases, subsidies are available for the childs living expenses and healthcare, even after the adoption is completed.
The path to adopting a child for many involves becoming a foster parent first. Learn about the risks, rewards, and responsibilities of caring for children in the U.S. foster care system.
Foster adoption was right for these three families. Read their stories to find out why.
More and more families are starting to consider foster care. Find out why.
View the replay of a webinar with adoption attorneys Denise M. Bierly, Esq., and Bobbie L. Rabuck, Esq., to learn about the foster adoption process and adoption subsidies.
How parents-to-be can survive failed expectant mother matches, changes to country programs, foster placements that do not lead to adoption, and other potential heartaches along the way.