Letter to the Editor
November is National Adoption Month in America, a time when our nation celebrates and raises awareness about adoption. While all adoption stories are important, the particular focus of this month is the adoption of children currently in foster care.
There are millions of orphans all over the world who desperately need families. Here in America, there are also children who don’t have the love and security of a stable family.
According to the Health and Human Services Department, there are about 400,000 children in the American foster care system, of which about 100,000 children are waiting to be adopted because their parents’ rights have been terminated due to neglect or abuse. On average, more than 250,000 children enter the foster care system every year. While more than half of these children will return to their parents, the remainder will stay in the system.
Sourced through Scoop.it from: potomaclocal.com
Here in Virginia, there are about 4,900 kids in the system, of which about 860 are in need of adoptive families, because their parents’ rights have been terminated. There are a wide range of ages of children who are available for adoption – about 50 percent are 10–years-old or younger. Families for siblings are sorely needed as well, as there are numerous sibling groups available for adoption in our state.
Many foster children are at risk of falling prey to human traffickers. They are often targeted by traffickers because of their need for love, affirmation, and protection. Studies have shown that between 50 and 80 percent of commercially sexually exploited children in America are, or were formally, involved with the foster care system.