Fact sheet for foster families considering adoption

A fact sheet for foster parents considering adoption is available from the Child Welfare Information Gateway.  Click here to read the fact sheet on adoption from foster care.

Included in the fact sheet:
  • Differences between foster parenting and adopting
  • Advantages of foster parent adoption
  • Strategies for foster/adoptive families
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (compiled in 2011):
• Approximately 408,000 children are in foster care in the United States, and it’s estimated that 107,000 are eligible for adoption.
• In FY 2010, about 53,000 children were adopted from foster care. Of those children:
○ 53 percent were adopted by foster parents.
○ 32 percent were adopted by other relatives.
○ 15 percent were adopted by nonrelatives.
• Of the parents who adopt from foster care, 67 percent are married couples and 28 percent are single-parent families.
• Of the children in foster care:
○ 43 percent are White.
○ 25 percent are African-American.
○ 21 percent are Hispanic.

Big Family Mission helps orphans in Russia who may never have chance to be adopted.