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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Is your child emotionally acting much younger than their age? Have special needs you weren't expecting? Behaviors that resemble ADHD?
You are not alone. These challenges are common for post- institutionalized children. Finding help, however, can be difficult.
Join us for a webinar featuring Martha Osborne, adopted person, adoptive mom and founder of the largest special needs adoption advocacy website, RainbowKids.com. Martha will lead an "in the trenches" discussion on how parents can get connected and supported.
The National Lekotek Center, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, provides an array of services to improve the lives of children with special needs through the utilization of toys and play. Learn more about their Family Play Sessions and Toy Lending Library.
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