The average age for the children in foster care was 9.7 years. Average length of stay in foster care was 27.2 months. The largest percentage of children (47 percent) were in a nonrelative foster family home. Forty-nine percent had a case goal of reunification. 123,000 were awaiting adoption, down from 132,000 in FY 2007. (Children's Bureau AFCARS report, Fiscal Year 2008)
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Advocacy begins even before a child joins her adoptive family and continues throughout her childhood. Though this course focuses specifically on the needs of adoptive and prospective adoptive parents in Illinois, many of the tips and techniques presented are useful to all parents, biological and adoptive, no matter where they live.
This course helps adoptive parents:
Upon completion of this course, you may purchase a certificate for $35.
A comprehensive set of courses to help prospective adoptive parents understand the joys and challenges of domestic adoption. 20% discount when you purchase as a package!
Michelle Madrid-Branch shares her personal journey and the things that helped and hurt along the way. An adoption-competent therapist joins her with advice on what adoptive parents can do to help foster a healthy sense of self, while keeping their adopted children company along the way.