After one year in the foster care system, a child’s probability of being adopted drops by 50%, and continues to steadily drop the longer a child waits. Teens in foster care have a very high risk of aging out of foster care without ever having the opportunity to be adopted. This means that they will never have that sense of belonging within a family that every young person deserves to have. They may never have anyone to go to with a problem, in a crisis, or with whom to celebrate a holiday or their birthday.
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