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November is National Adoption Month

Children available in the United States

November is National Adoption Month. What most people do not know is how many children are currently in serious need of a loving home in The United States. At any given moment there are 423,000 children in foster care, and roughly 115,000 of those same children are up for adoption.

The problem we currently see surrounding foster care and adoption is that many people interested in adopting are in search of a newborn of Caucasian decent, who are few and far between when it comes to adopting through the current system.

November is a time to help raise awareness about these children, their stories, and ways that our society can help these children get placed into forever homes, with forever families, so they can thrive.

As of October of 2009, 114,556 children in the United States, all ages, races, and backgrounds are officially up for adoption, although the average age is eight years old. Their parental rights have been permanently terminated and do not have a family to call their own. These same children wait an average of three years, if not more to be adopted, and move an average of three times during this period of time, typically being separated from siblings.

One of the largest problems we are seeing with adoption through foster care, and foster care in general is more children are going into foster care annually than being adopted into forever homes. In the year 2009 – 69,947 children became available for adoption after their parental rights were terminated through the court system, but only 57,466 were adopted. Sadly some children will never be adopted. In 2009 also 29,471 children turned 18 years old in the foster care system, never having the opportunity to be adopted into a loving forever family.

The numbers are shocking to say the least, and we certainly need to raise more awareness about adoption through the foster care system in the United States. For more information on the current adoption and foster care statistics, you can visit National Adoption Month : Foster Care Adoption Statistics.

Photo : flickr.com/Pink Sherbet Photography

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