No Adoption Means Louisiana Children Age Out Of Foster Care
Many couples who are unable to have children turn to adoption to get the family they so desperately want. For some families, adopting a baby is the best option. Other families, however, might consider adopting older children. For some older children in Louisiana, the possibility of “aging out” of the foster care children is close to becoming a reality.
When a child who is in foster care doesn’t find an adoptive family by the time they turn 18 years old, they are left without a family because they age out of the foster care system. This can be a scary time for these children. The real tragedy is that these children haven’t had the love of a family. They don’t have the support of a family as they face the world as a young adult.
The story of one 13-year-old girl in foster care is heartbreaking. She says that she dreams of a family, but has been stuck in the foster care system for several years. She isn’t picky about the type of family she wants. She doesn’t care if there are two parents or one. She doesn’t care if she will have siblings or not. The only thing that she is yearning for is a permanent home. She knows that adoption means that she will have somewhere she belongs forever.
Making the decision to adopt any child isn’t a decision that can be made without considerable thought. Finding out about the process, as well as some of the pros and cons, can help prospective adoptive parents determine if adoption is right for them. It might also help them to decide if they are looking for a baby or an older child. Since adoption is a permanent home for a child, it must be taken seriously by the adoptive parents.
Source: KPLCtv.com, “Clock is ticking for 13-year-old girl wanting to be adopted” Britney Glaser, Jun. 04, 2014