Monday, March 12, 2012

Myths about Foster Care

- from the AdoptUS Kids website:

Myth: Only married couples with a stay-at-home parent can adopt children from foster care.

Reality: In most instances, a person’s marital status, age, income, or sexual orientation do not automatically disqualify them from eligibility to adopt. You don’t need to own your own home, have children already, be young, wealthy, or a stay-at-home parent.

In 2010, 33 percent of children adopted from foster care were matched with either a single-parent household or unmarried couple. This includes adoptions by lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) families. Find out more about who can foster and adopt.

This statistic came from the U.S. Children’s Bureau’s Preliminary 2010 Trends in Foster Care Report (PDF – 233KB).

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