Mary Beth LaRue, 34, and her husband, Matt Aporta, are sharing their story in hopes of encouraging others to foster-adopt. LaRue said, “We found out about Baby A. We took the car seat out of the box and drove to the hospital. That’s how we became parents.”

The couple had looked into IVF treatments, but when they learned they had a 3% success rate they knew it wasn’t for them. LaRue had a student in her yoga class that she knew was an attorney who handled foster-to-adoption cases. She and her husband inquired about the process and knew right away it was a good fit. They went through the process to become foster parents and completed it in December 2017.

When fostering an infant, the future is uncertain. The state will encourage reunification when possible. LaRue understands that, but figures motherhood is uncertain anyway, no matter how it comes to you.

The Millennial mom describes foster-to-adoption as “pairing children in foster care with parents who want to become their adoptive parents.” The intent being fewer moves for the child to go through.

According to AdoptUSKids, there are over 100,000 kids and teens across the country in foster care that need permanent homes. There are a few things to take note of if you are considering foster adoption. Most of the children range in age from toddler to 21 years old. Parents who adopt from foster care must go through training on dealing with childhood trauma. Parents usually work with a public or private agency that is contracted by the state. Adoption from foster care costs little to nothing but means everything to the child.

To learn more, visit AdoptUSKids. They educate families about foster care and adoption and give child welfare professionals information and support to help them improve their services. They also maintain the nation’s only federally funded photolisting service that connects waiting children with families.