Fostering Positive Perceptions

When asked about the US foster care system, many respondents weren't sure what was myth and what was truth. Learn the facts about foster care:

Children adopted through the foster care system
In the United States foster care system, there are more than 100,000 children who are legally eligible for adoption. Each year, about 30,000 children turn 18 and "age out" of care, with no permanent family and nowhere to go. For a period of time, foster adoption statistics were on the rise, reaching a high of 57,185 in 2009. However, the number dropped to 53,525 in 2010 and to 50,906 in 2011 — though it rebounded, slightly, to 52,039 in 2012. ...

The number of children adopted from foster care has dropped in recent years — and a new survey finds that Americans believe many myths about the process. Here are the facts, and real-life stories, that could help find more kids permanent homes.


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