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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Many parents who built their families through international adoption assume that the ongoing role of their child's birth family would be limited to non-existent. Some may have even thought that was a good thing.
But things change. Not only is being a parent different than almost anyone ever expects, but children grow up. The world changes.
Now you're parenting a teen or tween who is curious about her birth family. She talks about finding them. And she's tech-savvy. There's the Internet—and DNA testing.
Is it even possible for her to find her birth mom from China? Korea? Ethiopia? What are the possible ways to address this curiosity?
Join speakers Susan Soonkeum Cox of Holt International and Joy Lieberthal, LCSW and co-founder of I Am Adoptee, as they discuss: