This article from the Washington Times caught my eye this morning: “Increase in adoptions spells fewer children on rolls, shorter waits”
Seems that U.S. adoptions from the foster care system reached a record high of 57,000 in 2009 and the average wait time has shrunk by over a year. The number of kids waiting to be adopted is lower (but still is 115,000).
Specialists credit the improvement to adoption incentives for states that increased their adoption numbers, as well as the adoption tax credit, advertising campaigns, etc.
Older kids are still not adopted as much and the number of kids aging out of foster care is higher than ever, but these new number are positive news overall.
Hopefully numbers will continue to improve, especially as church grab hold of this issue and follow God’s directive to care for the fatherless.
We’re in the final stage of filling out our paperwork to be foster parents, with an eye to adoption. We’ve finished the classes and now just need to finish a few forms and wait for approval.
Some days we question what we’re doing. Most days, actually. But we’re going to at least try it out, see how it fits, see if God wants to bless us with any kids who might come into our home.
Glad to see the good news today — lots of kids need help.