Helpful qualities include being willing to seek out and use support services, learn new parenting techniques, and advocate for your child. Critical to being a successful foster and adoptive parent is understanding the challenges these children have faced and not taking their behavior personally. Children and youth enter foster care through no fault of their own, because they have been abused, neglected, or abandoned by the people who were supposed to care for them.
Use Child Welfare Information Gateway’s National Foster Care and Adoption Directory to search for parent support groups near you.
Also check out our Facebook page, where thousands of families are sharing their questions and experiences.
There may also be current educational benefits, college tuition assistance, child care vouchers, subsidies, and other assistance. Many single people are successful foster and adoptive parents. You don’t need to own your own home, be wealthy, have children already, have a college degree, or be a stay-at-home parent to adopt.
Read more about resources available after adoption. You can read other families’ adoption stories on our website. However, you do need to demonstrate that you can support yourself without any additional income, such as adoption assistance. Are family members given priority in adopting a child? When children cannot be reunited with their parents, their caseworkers first look to extended family members and other people who have played a role in their life.
Approximately 400,000 children are in foster care at any given time.