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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A guided discussion on the impact adoption has on identity formation. A panel of adult adoptees share personal stories from their childhood and teenage years, reflecting back on how adoption factored into their identity formation. Lead by Dr. Gina Samuels, a researcher, educator and adopted person, the panel gives adoptive parents practical insight into how they can best support their children to form a healthy sense of self.
Download Dr. Gina Samuels' presentation on the impact adoption has on identity formation.