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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Research shows that a couple's feelings about their infertility and the ability to manage those feeling of loss, are highly correlated with positive adoption outcomes.
Recognizing the losses you have suffered, and understanding how the adoption process often stirs up many of the same feelings and frustrations as infertility, are essential to recognizing adoption as an opportunity – a wonderful way to build your family.
Pat Irwin Johnston, author and adoptive mom discusses: