With the constant rise in drug addiction, child abuse, and neglect, more and more children find themselves taken out of their parents’ custody and sent to live with someone else. In many cases, children are placed with family members such as grandparents who can provide adequate care; however, there are still a large number of children who are put into foster care.
Currently, there are approximately 415,129 children in foster care. While the main goal of foster care is to reunite children with their biological parents, this is not always in the children’s best interests, but, sadly, there are not as many adoptions as there are children looking for homes.
Children Aging Out of Foster Care
Over 100,000 children are waiting to be adopted but there are not enough available adoptive families to go around. In 2014, 22,392 children “aged out” of foster care.