Of more than 400,000 children in the United States foster care system, there are 108,000 children who are waiting to be adopted.1 Read that once more and let it sink in. 108,000. This is fact, and it is unacceptable.
It is why WACAP is committed to children around the globe and right here at home. Adoption from U.S. foster care is a relatively affordable option for families considering adoption, but there are many things to consider.
- The children who wait for adoption are often older, may be a part of a sibling group, and most have histories of trauma.
- Children enter foster care through no fault of their own. They are in foster care for their safety.
- If unable to be reunited with their birth parents, children are often placed with relatives. If this doesn’t work out, they are frequently adopted by their foster families.
- It is only at this point in the process, after the above options have been ruled out, that other families are considered. 108,000 children in the U.S. are at this point in the process. They need someone.
Our US Kids program at WACAP is a “foster-to-adopt” program. We place children in families under a foster care contract with the state of Washington while preparations are made to finalize their adoption. This allows time for us to support a family in the early stages of a placement and help older children make the transition from temporary placements to understanding what a “forever family” means.
I hope you’ll take time to look at these statistics to learn more about the numbers behind our US Kids program. There are too many children who are lingering in a system that was never intended to be more than a temporary solution. No government or institution can possibly parent a child. This is a job for families. Permanent, committed remarkable families.
If you are interested in learning more about our US Kids foster-to-adopt program, give WACAP a call at 800-732-1887 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
About WACAP’s CEO, Greg Eubanks: Greg joined WACAP as CEO in December 2014. Serving children and families has been the focus and passion of his 20-year career in nonprofit executive leadership and business administration. With an extensive background in international adoption and foster care, Greg is committed to bringing hope to the children living without a family … and helping them home.