Thinking about adopting can be challenging as you sort through the necessary steps, from completing a home study to connecting with social workers and from filing appropriate paperwork to appearing in court. Of course, every step is worth the final decree declaring your family permanent . . . but there are times you may feel alone in the process or uncertain about where...
Can you imagine being a five-year-old and learning that the world is violent as your body is battered and bruised at the hand of those who should love you most? Can you imagine waking in the morning at age twelve and facing a day without food or heat or adequate clothing and having to take care of your younger brothers...
In 2012 in the United States, 23,439 children in foster care turned 18 and were "emancipated" or "aged out." In simple terms, most of them were put out into the world on their own without housing, financial assistance or emotional support.