There were just under 425,000 children in the United States foster system in 2010, a quarter of which were estimated to be waiting for adoptive placement. Foster children enter the system from a variety of home situations. As the state's main goal for about half of all foster children is a reunion with their birth families, many of these children come from broken homes that have been deemed inhospitable for a child. Often, children can spend between one to two months in a foster home while their birth mother or father are supervised by the state and evaluated for their ability to parent a child.
Someone considering older child adoption may be advised to foster a child. Some states have fost-adopt or legal risk adoption programs that match prospective adoptive parents with children whose birth parents' rights are likely to be involuntarily terminated. While this process is a great way for a foster child to adjust to a prospective adoptive household in a low-pressure circumstance, choosing foster care over adoption does not necessarily mean a couple will be presented with the choice to adopt the child placed in their home. This is perhaps one of the toughest parts of fostering a child.
Fostering a child is also complicated by the nature of a child's experience with home lives and adults. A child who has moved through many foster homes or has had neglectful parents is less likely to have a successful foster placement.
The largest percentage of a stay in the foster system were between one and five months, according to the 2009 Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System report. The average stay, though, is nearly 27 months. While the promise of adoption won't be there for every child in foster care, some public agencies may have a couple seeking public adoption adopt after first fostering their child. About 4 percent, or 17,000, of the foster care cases were pre-adoptive placements by a state agency. And 5 percent of the foster care stays in 2010, were referred to as "trial home visits."
This is helpful in that the child has a chance to adjust to the family and lifestyle and can make the transition from the welfare system to your home more comfortable for the couple and child.
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March 4, 2014, 9:15 am
Lots of foster care milestones for us this week. Little Bear has been in care for a month. Court is tomorrow, and I just heard from the GAL this morning that she'd like to come meet him. Any bits of advice on working with a GAL? Court has me a bit concerned. It sounds the big issue will be...Facebook
March 3, 2014, 11:50 am
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March 3, 2014, 1:12 pm
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March 4, 2014, 9:00 pm
I haven't seen too many kinship parents posts but after I did some research I realized a lot of kids are in kinship foster care. I wanted to share this and see if anyone else has experiences they would like with kinship foster care they would like to share....
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