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Adopting Kids through Foster Care

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Adoption comes in many shapes and sizes. And no matter who or where you chose to adopt from, every child deserves a loving and supportive family. The good mornings, the I love you's, and the bedtime stories.

Unfortunately, the kids who are stuck in the foster system tend to get overlooked. Especially the ones who are older. Every child is important. So if you’re considering adoption from foster care, please think about sharing your love with an older child.

Right now, there are 428,000 youth in the U.S. foster care system and 112,000 are waiting to be adopted. AdoptUSKids’ maintains a national photo listing service for children waiting to be adopted. Since the project launched in 2002, more than 26,000 children who were once photo listed on adoptuskids.org have been adopted and nearly 39,000 families have registered to adopt through the website.

Nevertheless, older youth are disproportionally represented – approximately 43% percent of children and youth photo listed on adoptuskids.org are between 15 and 18 years old, but only 17% of those adopted have been in this age group.

When adopting older kids, you may have counseling appointments and late night tutoring to get them where they need to be. But you’re also skipping the sleepless nights, diaper changes and bottles. You get an instant best friend to share your life with.

The teenage years are a critical period for these children. For more information about adoption, or about becoming an adoptive parent to a child from foster care, please visit adoptuskids.org or visit the campaign’s communities on Facebook and Twitter.

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Angela England is a professional blogger, social media teacher, and Editor-in-Chief of Blissfully Domestic. She's recently published a new ebook, 30 Days to Make and Market a Fabulous Ebook, to help others reach their online goals. A homeschooling mother of four living with her husband in rural Oklahoma, her tweets range from chickens and beehives, to business and blogging.

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