In today’s video “What is Foster Adoption” Ryun explains the foster adoption process. Many of the steps for foster adoption are the same as those for private. You must have a home study, background check, etc.
Hi, I’m Ryun Hovind and today in our TYPES OF ADOPTION video series I’m going to discuss “What Is Foster Adoption” In case you don’t know our story,MeLisa and I are both parents to 6 adopted kids… Of the 6, both of our sons. And our 3 new daughters were all adopted from foster care. Now I don’t want to say we’re experts… but… well… We do have lot of experience with foster adoption. Children who are placed in foster care have been removed from their homes due to neglect or abuse. Because of this unhealthy home life,many of these children may have special needs which can either be physical or emotional. While the child is in foster care,the goal is to reunite him or her with their family. But, if the parents are unable to fulfill what is asked of them by the courts. Then the child is placed for adoption. There’s a lot more to it than that, but today I want to focus on the adoption part of the equation.
If you are interested in foster adoption, first you must become a licensed foster parent. Like other forms of adoption you still need to have a home study as well as a background check and training. You can choose to be licensed through DCS or a private foster agency. It’s your choice. We’ve done both. The two types of agencies have “access” to the same foster kids. One of the major differences of adopting from foster care vs private or international adoption is cost. There is little to no cost to adopt from foster care. The government along with nonprofit companies cover the costs associated with the actual adoption. On top of that you can receive a monthly stipend for the child until they are 18,plus a state medical card that provides coverage into their mid twenties.
Other benefits you receive include post adoption services. These can include different types of therapies and residential care if needed. Prospective parents do have the option to adopt foster children from other states, but travel costs are at the expense of the parent. Now the risk involved with adopting from foster care is that you can have a child living with you who reunites with their family. While this is a good thing for the child, it can be devastating for you. If you want to decrease this risk, you need to only consider children whose parental rights have already been terminated. We explain more on this in our video “What is TPR.”
On average it takes a year to become a licensed foster parent. And an additional year to be matched with a child. Children available for foster adoption are typically six years of age and are of many different races. Younger children are often part of a larger sibling group. Like in our case. We have adopted two sibling groups from foster care. Adopting multiple children is more challenging. Personally I feel one of the major benefits of adopting from foster care… Is the fact that you can meet the child before making your decision. It is especially important when adopting older children to have a sense of connection with the child. We felt that connection with each of our six adopted kids.
If you have specific questions please leave them in the “comments” section below. We offer more information about foster adoption on the resources page of our website adoptivelegacy.com. There are typically half a million children waiting to be adopted in our nation’s foster care system. You could be the forever family they’re waiting for.
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