In the United States, more than 123,000 children in foster care are waiting for a forever family. These children cannot be safely reunited with their birth families and have no one else to care for them. Search profiles of children available for adoption through KVC, or search nationwide through Adopt U.S. Kids.
Why adopt a child from U.S. foster care?
Adopting from foster care involves the same decision making, paperwork and preparation as other types of adoption; however, there are some very important differences to know about:
- Most adoptions from foster care are free and any minimal costs associated with them are often reimbursable.
- On average, it takes roughly six months to a year to adopt a child from the U.S. foster care system.
- Many children who are in foster care have experienced traumatic stress such as abuse, neglect or other family challenges. They need specialized care in order to process their trauma, manage difficult emotions and heal. KVC has developed a hands-on training curriculum to help professionals and caregivers know how to help children heal from traumatic stress.
Who needs to be adopted?
The children available for adoption through KVC are often:
- Age 10 and above
- Part of a sibling set of three or more and need to be adopted together
- Have unique physical, mental or behavioral health needs
While infants do enter foster care, our first goal is to try and safely reunite the child with his or her birth family. If reunification is not possible and parental rights are severed, the child becomes available for adoption. Many of these children are adopted by relatives, familiar caregivers or their foster parents. Our adoption website lists several agencies that specialize in adoptions of toddlers and babies.
What are the requirements?
To adopt a child from foster care in most states, you must:
- Be at least 21 years of age
- Pass background checks
- Complete free training classes
- Be committed to caring for a child forever
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Since 2005, KVC has matched over 5,300 children with loving adoptive families. We officially provide adoption services in Kansas and West Virginia, and play a facilitating role in child adoptions in Nebraska and Kentucky.