May is National Foster Care Month, which just seems to fit right in with our heart strings for orphan care and adoption. We are dedicated to making an impact (however small) on orphan care - by hosting periodic discussion boards, distributing adoption grants, partnering with adoptive families for fundraising, and working with like minded organizations like the Sparrow Fund and New Day Foster Home.
I always wondered about international adoptions. I know so many people who have adopted internationally, but I don't know many people who have adopted domestically. And, here was this article about "Abandoning Children in Foster Care" stating that 23,000 children were legally emancipated from foster care in 2012.
That's 23,000 kids - now legally declared adults - who age out of the system. They have no built in support structure, nowhere to go during the holidays, no parents to call after a tough day - it just seems like a recipe for sadness. And, according to the chart below, it looks to be the case.
What are your thoughts? Do we extend foster care to 21 years old? How do we increase the number of domestic adoption?
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