CHILDREN are WAITING while ADULTS Can't Figure out what to Do???
All I am going to say that below are some fact sheets about Our Children that are actually waiting for Adults to do something for Their Future with Their Family.
In the U.S. 400,540 children are living without permanent families in
the foster care system. 115,000 of these children are eligible for
adoption, but nearly 40% of these children will wait over three years in
foster care before being adopted.
Around the world, there are an estimated 153 million orphans who have lost one parent. There are 17,800,000 million orphans who
have lost both parents and are living in orphanages or on the streets
and lack the care and attention required for healthy development. These
children are at risk for disease, malnutrition, and death.
According to the U.S. State Department, U.S. families adopted more than 9,000 children in 2011. Last year, Americans adopted the highest number of children from China followed by Ethiopia, Russia, South Korea, and Ukraine.
No child under three years of age should be placed in institutional care without a parent or primary caregiver. This is based on results from
32 European countries, including nine in-depth country studies, which
considered the “risk of harm in terms of attachment disorder,
developmental delay and neural atrophy in the developing brain."
Children raised in orphanages have an IQ 20 points lower than their peers in foster care, according to a meta-analysis of 75
studies (more than 3,800 children in 19 countries). This shows the need
for children to be raised in families, not in institutions.
Each year, over 27,000 youth “age out” of foster care without the emotional and financial support necessary to succeed.
This number has steadily risen over the past decade. Nearly 40% had
been homeless or couch surfed, nearly 60% of young men had been
convicted of a crime, and only 48% were employed. 75% of women and 33%
of men receive government benefits to meet basic needs. 50% of all
youth who aged out were involved in substance use and 17% of the females
Nearly 25% of youth aging out did not have a high school diploma or GED, and a mere 6% had finished a two- or four-year degree after
aging out of foster care. One study shows 70% of all youth in foster
care have the desire to attend college.
Over three years is the average length of time a child waits to be adopted in foster care. Roughly 55% of these children have had
three or more placements. An earlier study found that 33% of children
had changed elementary schools five or more times, losing relationships
and falling behind educationally.
Adopted children make-up roughly 2% of the total child population under the age of 18, but 11% of all adolescents referred for therapy
have been adopted. Post-adoption services are important to all types of
adoption, whether foster care adoption, international adoption, or
domestic infant adoption.