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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If you’re thinking about or planning, a trip to your child’s (or your own) birth country, many factors other than just travel influence how the trip goes: preparation around expectations; choosing the form of travel (adoption tour, family trip, solo adventure); an ongoing discussion after the trip that helps place the myriad of memories and novel experiences into a story that supports identity.
Hear directly from adopted persons and parents who have taken homeland tours. They will share their personal experiences and feelings from preparation to the lasting impact of their homeland travels.
Our expert will weigh in to help parents prepare for and plan their journey as our panel discusses: