- Adoption , Adoptive Parent Education , Adoptive Parent Recruitment , Foster Care , Foster Parent Education , Foster Parent Recruitment
- November 5, 2020
While many look to grow their family through adoption – and adoption is one possible outcome for children in foster care – becoming a licensed foster home with open arms and a willingness to help children for any part of their journey is the best way to start. Through the act of true foster parenting children are kept safe and their outcomes strengthened, whether they return home, join a family through guardianship, or are adopted into the family who has been fostering them.
Different from adoptions of children in the foster care system, private adoptions result from biological parents voluntarily waiving their parental rights and most often choosing the adoptive parent(s) of their child. Adoptions outside of the United States are subject to the laws and rules of each particular country. Both private domestic and international adoptions are typically very costly.
Children enter foster care because their biological parents are unable to care for them. When children initially enter the system, the assumption is that they will be in foster care temporarily and their biological parents will ultimately be able to care for them. About half the time, these children are able to return to their biological parents – though it may take months or even years. This means that the other half of the time, these children end up needing a permanent home. If the children have been in the same foster home for a long period of time, that is often the best place for them to stay permanently.
Adoption from foster care is not only free, but there is a myriad of post-adoption resources and support for children who were in the foster care system – including free tuition at the State of Illinois universities and colleges and medical care.
So when thinking about adopting a child or children from foster care, really the first step is to care for a child who cannot be with his or her biological parents. In that moment, you are the parent. If that child is able to return to his or her biological parents, that is a happy outcome for him or her. If not, you may have the option of adopting that child, also a happy outcome – although a different kind of happy – for him or her.
Let It Be Us will be introducing a series that we call Humans of Adoption – telling different stories and perspectives on what it is like to adopt a child from foster care. You can read these stories on our blog and on our social media channels.
During National Adoption Awareness Month we will be working to help you understand and navigate the complications of foster care and adoption. For those who are interested in learning more, consider attending one of our informational webinars on foster care and adoption at www.letitbeus.org/events.