The is a great need for families to foster and adopt older youth. It is a constant challenge that those of us in child welfare deal with. During various recruitment events and other types of meetings, we often speak about how long too many kiddos, age 12+, are lingering in the system. The challenge is to get people to understand that older youth in the system are just as “adoptable” as young children.
I get it. My husband and I fostered infants. This was our desire. There’s nothing wrong with it. It still fulfills a need. However, as we get older and as our children age, IF we were to ever foster again or adopt, we would absolutely consider older youth.
Could YOU adopt a teen? Maybe so. Here’s an article I wrote for Adoption.com regarding this very subject. Click this link to read more: Could YOU adopt a teen?