There were about 500,000 kids in foster care in the US in 2009. There were 2.6 million kids in permanent formal kinship care as of 2009, not counting a large number in informal (e.g. not court ordered) kinship care. (Source: AFCARS)
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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: