Before becoming an adoptive parent looking into becoming a foster parent might be a good option to explore.
Here’s a little information from Adopt Us Kids.
Foster parents provide a temporary home for children who, for one reason or another, have been removed by the authority of the court from the care of their birth parents or others who are legally responsible for them. These children are in the temporary custody of the State while their birth parents are given the opportunity to complete services that will allow the children to be returned to them if it is in the children’s best interest.
Children in foster care can live with relatives, non-relatives, or in group facilities. Slightly more than half of children who go into foster care return to their birth families.
For children who become available for adoption, most are adopted by a relative or their foster parents.
As with adoption there are many things to consider prior to making the decision to become a foster parent.
Your marital status usually won’t disqualify you from becoming approved to be a foster parent. You don’t need to own your own home, have children already, be young, wealthy, or a stay-at-home parent to foster.
Why you should consider becoming a foster parent:
- You don’t have to be perfect to be a perfect parent
- In the U.S. 397,122 children are living without permanent families in the foster care system. 101,666 of these children are eligible for adoption, but nearly 32% of these children will wait over three years in foster care before being adopted. Source: AFCARS Report, No
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