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The Top 8 Reasons for Adopting An Older Kid!

  1. You won’t need bottles, formula, burp rags or diapers!
  2. You don’t just get a child — you get a friend.
  3. You will be kept updated on technology and the latest fashion trends.
  4. They can learn from you and you will learn from them.
  5. Older kids can communicate in ways babies cannot.
  6. Older kids require less supervision than a baby or toddler.
  7. They understand they are adopted, so no need to stress about how to tell them.
  8. You are changing a life for the better!

8 Amazing Benefits Older Kids Receive Just By Being Adopted:

  1. They will be obtaining stability.
  2. They will have positive role models.
  3. They will increase positive attachments.
  4. Their coping skills will be enhanced.
  5. They will receive resources and support for a lifetime.
  6. They will have an immediate family.
  7. They will have an extended family.
  8. Their children will have grandparents.

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A-OK Program – Adopt An Older Kid Program

The A-OK Program, Adopt an Older Kid, is a special program of Adoption STAR.

If you’re hoping to expand your family, adopting from our A-OK Program may be the right decision for you. Adoption STAR works hard to develop relationships throughout the United States with agencies and counties responsible for children in foster care. If you are hoping to adopt an older child or a sibling group in the United States, you should seriously consider our comprehensive program. Get started today by clicking the button below or simply give us a call at 1-866-691-3300.

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History of Foster Care

While foster care existed before the 19th century in various forms, it wasn’t until 1853, when Charles Brace created the Orphan Train Movement where he planned for city children living in poor conditions to be sent to live and work on farms. More than 120,000 children were transported to new lives through the early 1900s. Today the foster care system is over run due to neglect, domestic violence and drug abuse and addiction. The system when it succeeds reunites birth parents and children into stronger families, or identifies a kinship placement. If that fails then the child is hopefully adopted by their foster parent(s). Close to 50% of foster families do not proceed with the adoption of the child or children in their home. Foster Care was meant to be a temporary living situation but unfortunately children remain there for years, often changing foster homes frequently, and as they get older, moving into group homes or finding themselves homeless or incarcerated.

Foster Care Today

In 2015, more than 20,000 children that were never reunited with their birth families or placed in permanent adoptive homes had aged out of foster care, simply because they were too old to remain. An additional 985 children were classified as discharged from foster care because they ran away and are not accounted for today. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families reported as of June 2016 that 427,910 were in foster care in 2015. Unfortunately the number rose from the year before. 111,820 of these children are waiting to be adopted. The average length of stay in foster care is almost three years. That is three years too long! In 2014 it was reported that more than 22,000 children are waiting in foster care in New York State; more than 12,000 children are in foster care in Ohio; and more than 19,000 children are in care in Florida.

Lifelong Commitment

Adoption STAR has always believed that adoption is a lifelong journey. It is even more critical in older child adoption, to understand the meaning of forever family. Your older child adoptee will enter your home with more emotional baggage then actual physical items. This is why your commitment must be unconditional. With the appropriate pre-adoption education, post-adoption support and your love and commitment, a child can flourish.

According a January 2014 report, a very small percent of those in foster care graduate from college as compared with those who are adopted. In addition to academics, the older child adoptee benefits in countless ways. While adoption does not eliminate, it drastically reduces the child’s risk of homelessness, incarceration, violence, and addiction. They are also less likely to parent children who end up in the foster care system.

Get started today by clicking the button above or simply give us a call at 1-866-691-3300.

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We should not be asking who this child belongs to, but who belongs to this child.
– Jim Gritter

A hundred years from now it will not matter what my bank account was, the sort of house I lived in, or the kind of car I drove… but the world may be different because I was important in the life of a child.
– Forest E. Witcraft

Family isn’t always blood. It’s the people in your life who want you in theirs; the ones who accept you for who you are. The ones who would do anything to see you smile and who love you no matter what.

We never outgrow the need for family.

Adopting a waiting child will not change the world, but for that child the world will change.

There are no unwanted children, just unfound families.

All children deserve to feel safe, loved, secure, happy and special.