“It’s a child who has no parents,” Mom answered.
Without a moment passing, Natasha exclaimed: “I’m glad I’m not an orphan!”
What Natasha doesn’t reflect upon is that she was an orphan at the beginning of her life. She was born with severe, yet correctable health problems which overwhelmed her mother. She was removed from custody when she was just a few weeks old because her mother neglected to feed her. For the next two years she was in a wonderful foster home, and then adopted by a loving family.
Children like Natasha are in your neighborhood, and the loving foster adoptive parents could be in your home!
Of the 400,000 children in foster care in the US, 100,000 are immediately available for adoption. In Colorado alone, over 250 children between the ages of 2 and 18 are waiting in the public welfare system for their permanent family. The majority of the children legally free for adoption are school age.
These children come from every social, economic, and ethnic background. Abuse, neglect and other family issues prevent these children from living with their birth parents. The children available through the Fostering Love Adoption Program may
- Be ten years of age and older
- Be part of a sibling group who must be placed together
- Be African American or Hispanic
- Have developmental, physical, behavioral or emotional disabilities
In the Fostering Love Adoption Program, single applicants, families without children and families with other children are welcome. Successful foster adoptive parents are: flexible, stable, mature, dependable and patient. Adoptive families should have realistic expectations of the children they adopt, have the ability to advocate for their children, and be able to work as a team with other family members, their social worker and other human services professionals.
Working with a private adoption agency for foster adoption has many advantages. Our case managers have small caseloads and can offer more individualized attention. Our staff has experience in facilitating older child adoptions domestically and internationally. Our training offers the most current and cutting edge information available.
Nightlight assists home study approved adoptive parents in creating a profile, networking locally and nationwide, and providing you with ongoing training and support.
- Over 33,000 Teens in Foster Care Awaiting Adoption
- Raising Awareness of Teens in Foster Care
- Over 26,000 Preteens in Foster Care Awaiting Adoption