Foster adoption is a wonderful path that brings families together. Here are the best foster adoption articles we have here at Adoption.com.
Foster Adoption Stories
“Watching television with a group of friends one Sunday evening, I had randomly mentioned that I had always thought about doing foster care later in my life. A couple of friends had their laptops out and were Googling it as we girls were chatting. We were saying things like, “it would have to be after I am married because you can’t take in kids as a single mom” and “maybe in twenty years after I have kids and they are grown.” At that point, one of the guys had the website up and said, “It states right here that you can do this now as a single parent. You have a spare room, so why not just call and see what it is all about?” He wrote the phone number on a post-it, handed it to me, and that was that.” Meant to Be: Our Foster to Adoption Story
“Travis and Laurie Kimrey met at a wedding in 1987. He was 19, and she was 18. They were inseparable after their first date and were engaged a mere three months later. Travis needed to finish apprentice school at the Newport News Shipyard, so they waited three years and were married in 1990. From the beginning, they dreamed of a large family that included biological and adopted children. They built a large house on the same family land on which Laurie grew up. Twenty-eight years later, they are still in the same house, but now it is overflowing with little people and lots of love.” A Foster Adoption Story: Twins Times Two
Foster Adoption Today
“Many families looking to add to their family through adoption investigate foster to adopt as an option. Foster to adopt is a process where, as a licensed foster family, you take children into your home with your end goal being the adoption of one or more children. In many states, since there are so many children who are free for adoption and need homes, foster to adopt is a great option for families who are open to adopting an older child or adopting a sibling set. In some states, however, you must be open not only to foster to adopt as an option, but also be open to being a foster family for children with the understanding that reunification with their biological family is the end goal.” Foster to Adopt
“We know displaced children have experienced trauma and that their parents have not provided a stable environment in which they could thrive, but what we often forget is that these kids—our kids—have likely not had any positive role models or mentors in their lives outside of school. Every child needs someone to love them unconditionally and encourage them. While foster and adoptive parent-child relationships can be complicated, divisive, and fraught with confusion (especially in the beginning), sometimes an outsider can find it easier reach the child and gain his respect and confidence.” The Importance of Community in Foster Care and Adoption
New to Foster Adoption
“Foster children may feel displaced and angry instead of excited about being in a new home. They may have a lot of tough emotions they are poorly equipped to deal with. Most foster children– especially older ones– feel an intense loyalty toward their birth families and they may view you, their foster parent, as yet another person trying to keep them away from their family. However, some children will be excited about their foster home. One young child, who had been placed with a foster family after years of being emotionally and physically abused by her own mother, excitedly told her social worker, “My new mommy makes me pancakes!” The Realities of Foster Care and Foster Adoption
“Foster or adoptive parents are just parents. Bio parents wouldn’t be called a saint for parenting a child with a medical condition or behavior issues. They would just be called a parent who is parenting their child. Foster and adoptive parents are just the same. Our kids are our kids and we handle whatever comes with them.” 6 Myths about Adopting from Foster Care
“Know your own family. Assess your individual and family strengths and needs. Build on those strengths. Make sure you know how your own family feels about fostering and incorporate their opinions when assessing your strengths. As we know, it is not just the parents, or even the immediate family, that raises a child. Your parents, children, siblings, and other relatives should be part of your decision to foster.” 12 Adoptive & Fostering Parent Tips
“Adopting from foster care is one of the greatest things a person could do. However, the fact is that not all foster adoption stories end up happily ever after, like in fairy tales. Disruptions, false allegations, disappointment, and dissolution are sometimes a reality for those who have adopted a child from foster care. So how can you prevent the mistakes made by those who have come before you?” 5 Big Mistakes People Make When Adopting from Foster Care
“Children are placed in foster care when their parents are unable to care and provide for them. And almost always, the initial goal is that the child be reunified with a biological parent. Foster care provides a safe and loving home for the child while every attempt is made to give birth parents the help and guidance they need to take care of their children. If a birth parent is unable to take the necessary steps to do this, the court will look for a relative or someone known to the child and their family to be a permanent caregiver. Only when these options are exhausted does the plan change to adoption by a non-relative. This process can take many months and even years.” Adopting Newborns from Foster Care: Is It Possible?
“Some of the most successful families involved in foster care and adoption are ones who are able to laugh-off situations that, “to the outside world,” seem concerning. A sense of humor is vital in maintaining emotional health and, in many ways, can be very grounding and healing when dealing with behavioral issues.” Top 10 Characteristics of Successful Foster and Adoptive Families
“Foster care adoption can be an answer to many families dreams of becoming parents. For me, I found that I had far less control in the process of choosing a child/children. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, mind you, but as a born planner, and someone searching for some control in the craziness, it certainly stretched me on a very personal level. There are so many positives to adopting from foster care that I feel guilty in pointing out the negatives. But they are real, they are world-changing for all involved, and they can be extremely difficult to navigate.” Is Regular Adoption More Difficult Than Foster Adoption?
“As a foster and pre-adoptive parent, I run into many people who are interested in adoption but are intimidated by what they’ve heard regarding the costs. In an ideal world, money wouldn’t be a factor, and everyone who has a heart for adoption would be able to adopt and there would be no waiting children. But this is not an ideal world. There are costs associated with adoption, and for some would-be adoptive parents, $30,000 is a debilitating amount of money, especially when adoption, unlike childbirth, is not partially covered by insurance.” Calculating Foster Adoption Costs
Foster Adoption Guide
“There are over 400,000 foster care children in the United States currently in the foster care system. Of these foster care children, more than 100,000 are waiting to be adopted into a forever family. That’s 100,000 foster care children who need the support, stability, and unconditional love a family can provide.” Adopting from Foster Care Guide