Tell your friends who are looking to adopt about this 3rd type of adoption – adoption from foster care.
Everyone knows about traditional domestic and foreign agency adoptions, of which there are 27,000 in the United States per year. Few people know about adoption from foster care. In our country, there are 100,000 children available, thousands of whom are in Illinois. Unlike domestic and foreign agency adoptions, which cost between $25,000 and $40,000, adoption from foster care is free. Also, unlike domestic and foreign agency adoptions, which can take years, if at all, adoption from foster care is a sure thing and it takes months. Not years. It’s also important to note that adoption from foster care does not discriminate against age, income, marital status, gender or sexual orientation.
If a child grows up in foster care, he or she may often attend up to 20 different schools during their childhood. This disrupted education is proven in the statistic that only 37% of our Illinois children in foster care graduate from high school. As a teacher, if you have one of these children in your classroom, know that they need extra and tender care. As a parent, if you have one of these children in your sphere, offer to help out any way that you can, whether it’s with tutoring or anything you notice that they need – new clothes, a calculator, and most importantly, kindness and consistency.
“Like” and “Follow” our humanitarian efforts on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Linkedin. When you see our posts, please “like” and “comment” and “share” to push our work further into the world and you will help these children and our mission more than you know. We use social media to find parents for children in emergent need and for those who are hard to place. We have a strong presence on social media because we believe in the strength of its reach.
Attend our events that benefit children awaiting adoption from foster care – celebrate with us!
Whether it’s our 5K run in the spring, our golf outing in the fall, or our Valentin’s Fundraiser entitled “BeMine,” attending our events shows that you care and shows others that you care. Plus, it’s fun. This is a serious issue and so much of what you read is sad, but these events are mostly run by parents who have adopted children and they see the glass as half full. Simply put, this is when we celebrate our work and we invite you to celebrate with us!
Become an adoptive parent or long-term foster parent.
We have learned directly from the social workers that 54% of the children who enter foster care in Illinois never return home. While some of these children will never be available for adoption, they need foster parents who will see them through their childhoods and be active and awesome parents to them for a long, long time, most likely their whole lives. It’s a great and creative way to be a parent. (Head to our Events Page to attend our next Adoption and Foster Care Information Fairs where we recruit foster parents and adoptive parents in partnerships with social workers and adoption recruiters.)
Become an adoptive parent.
Being a parent is one of the most wonderful experiences in anyone’s lifetime. Whether you might build onto your current family, or you simply don’t want life to pass you by, adoption is an option for everyone. Adoption from foster care does not discriminate against age, income, marital status or sexual orientation. These children simply need parents who will stand by their sides and love them. It’s as simple as that. (Head to our Events Page to attend our next Adoption and Foster Care Information Fairs event where we recruit foster parents and adoptive parents in partnerships with social workers and adoption recruiters.)