Thursday, March 31, 2011

Foster Care and Adoption

Did you know that 30,000 kids aged out of Foster Care in 2010?

Colleagues from Chapin Hall have been following the progress of more than 600 former foster kids.

"Many of them are faring poorly," says Courtney. "Less than half were employed at 23, 24. They're much less likely to have finished high school, less likely to be enrolled in college or have a college degree."

In fact, by age 24, only 6 percent have two- or four-year degrees. More than two-thirds of the young women have children. Nearly 60 percent of the males have been convicted of a crime. Almost a quarter were homeless at some point after leaving foster care.

"Those children are our children, the children of society, of the state," says Courtney. "I would argue that we have no business taking them into care and then keeping them until they're in the transition to adulthood, unless we're going to try to do a good job of that."

Check out this article to find out more.

My question is, why are so many people adopting from other countries when there are so many children in the US that need homes. In TX, if you adopted a foster child, you pay very little if anything and if they're over a certain age when they're adopted, you get a monthly allotment until they turn 18.

Someday, Eric and I would like to be foster parents or adopt a foster child. I would ask you to think and pray about becoming a foster parent or adopting a foster child.

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