Did you know that foster parents in DC have to provide twenty four hour care to children in foster care? Only another foster parent can provide care to foster children and when care is provided, the primary foster parent has to pay the respite foster parents for services.
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.
In the AdoptionWorks program, the very first meeting between an older child in foster care and their prospective adoptive parents is both very exciting as well as highly anxiety producing for the child as well as the adults! We love when there is a positive story to share and just had to share this one with you.
The 16th Annual Family Connections Conference was held on Saturday, March 26th at the Lutheran Church of St. Andrew in Silver Spring, MD with close to 120 people in attendance.