Why Should I Consider Fostering an Older Child?


What are misperceptions about fostering older children?

In this video Rita Soronen of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption discusses why you should consider fostering older children and the misperceptions surrounding the topic.

One of the largest misperceptions when people are considering adoption is that "there are only infants or babies available to adopt". In the United States today, more than half of the children in foster care waiting to be adopted are age nine or older. Age nine is still a child, age 16 is still a child. And so we encourage folks who are thinking about adopting from foster care to also consider adopting an older youth, a teenager, a 10-year old. These children need the love and support of a family as much as any other child needs. In fact we all need the support of a family. Whether we're 10 or 20 or 30. So our job at the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption is to make sure that anyone thinking about adopting is also thinking about adopting an older youth.

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Posted by Rita Soronen

For more than 30 years, Rita Soronen has worked on behalf of abused, neglected and vulnerable children, providing leadership for local, state and national efforts working to improve the juvenile justice and child welfare systems, while striving to assure safe and permanent homes for North America’s children.

Website: https://www.davethomasfoundation.org/

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