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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Given the challenges we have of reconciling inborn temperament with pre-adoptive risk factors and often unknown biological histories, adoptive parents can benefit from understanding how our children can differ across their development.
Join Dr. Rebecca Nelson, a licensed clinical child and adolescent psychologist, as she discusses the unique developmental challenges adopted children may face. She will identify signs that a child might need professional help as well as when and from whom to seek help.
Parents will learn: