The need is especially urgent for teens and sibling groups.
They’re very aware of the ticking clock and what could happen to them if they age out of foster care without a family—because it happens to 23,000 teens every year.
On average, children in foster care wait two to three years to be adopted. It’s crushing to wait years not knowing where “home” is—wondering if you’re safe, if you’re truly alone, if there’s anywhere you belong, if anyone even cares.
You can stop the clock for a teen who’s terrified that time is running out.
FAQs about foster care adoption
What’s the first step to becoming an adoptive family?
If you're interested, the first step is to contact your local Bethany office. They'll work with you to schedule a free informational meeting.
Why should we choose Bethany?
You'll be equipped to help your family thrive. You'll work with a team of experts who will provide you with training, resources, and support to navigate the challenges and joys of adoption. For over 75 years, we've guided families through the adoption process. Our experience is one reason we're one of the largest adoption agencies in the U.S.
Is foster care adoption expensive?
It’s normal to have concerns about the potential cost of adopting a child. While actual costs differ by state, foster care adoption expenses are often minimal. Many of our families find ways to make adoption more affordable through grants, corporate scholarships, and contracts.
What is the common age range and background of children eligible for foster care adoption?
Children waiting to be adopted from foster care in the U.S. are generally between the ages of 8-18. They may be part of a sibling group and often have physical, emotional, or learning needs as a result of early childhood trauma.
Can I adopt more than one child?
Yes. In fact, sibling groups are among the highest needs. The ideal solution is to keep brothers and sisters together whenever possible.
When teens age out of foster care without the love and guidance of a family, the odds are not in their favor:
20% instantly become homeless
50% develop an addiction to drugs or alcohol
50% struggle to find gainful employment by age 24
60% of young men are convicted of a crime
70% of young women become pregnant before age 21
Download the resources
There are birth parents, adoptees, and adoptive families in your community who need your support. Use these resources throughout November to start an open conversation about adoption.