Teens in foster care are not that adoptable. So they tend to remain in foster care. Permanently.
Yet these teenagers may have extended family who might be willing to take them in and adopt them. If they only knew of their circumstances. Or existence.
That’s the premise that gave birth to the non-profit, Foster and Adoptive Care Coalition. Among other things, the non-profit’s investigators search for such extended family members of teens in foster care.
Where teens do have suitable relatives, the odds that these relatives will adopt them are significantly greater than the odds of their adoption by unrelated strangers looking to adopt.
In fact, the organization is able to get ninety percent of teens in foster care connected with their extended family members.
And seventy percent of the children with relatives end up being adopted, generally by their own extended family members.
In St. Louis, there are often 400 teens and preteens in foster care. Extended family member adoptions can make a big dent in that number … and a big difference in these foster children’s lives.