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Foster care adoption is a type of domestic adoption where the child is initially placed into a foster care system and is subsequently placed for adoption. Children may be placed into foster care for a variety of reasons, including removal from the home by a governmental agency because of maltreatment.[1] In some jurisdictions, adoptive parents are licensed as and technically considered foster parents while the adoption is being finalized.[2]

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Nationwide, there are more than one hundred thousand of children in the U.S. foster care system waiting for permanent families.[3] Child welfare professionals must recruit potential adoptive families for these children who are waiting for adoption.

A national survey by Harris Interactive revealed that 48 million Americans considered adoption from foster care in 2007, however:[4]

- 67% were unnecessarily concerned that biological parents could return to claim the children; once the court finalizes the legal termination of parental rights, the parents can never return to claim the child.

- 46% mistakenly believed that foster care adoption is prohibitively expensive, when in reality there is very little cost to adopt from foster care, and there is financial support available for all adoptions.

- 36% were unsure or confused about the adoption process.

- 45% believed children in foster care have entered the system because of juvenile delinquency. In reality, the vast majority of the 129,000 children waiting in the U.S. foster care system entered through no fault of their own, as victims of neglect, abandonment and/or abuse.

Supporting Organizations

The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, founded by Wendy’s founder Dave Thomas, is a not-for-profit organization that supports foster care adoption and provides grants to national and regional adoption organizations for programs to raise awareness and make adoption easier and more affordable.

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