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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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If a child is waiting for an adoptive family, they are not A-OK. Let’s face it… Countless children in our very own country are in foster homes, group homes, hospitals and institutions. Every year, thousands of children age-out of the system, simply because they were never adopted. This is not OK.

Adoption STAR created the A-OK program to identify families for children waiting in U.S. foster care. Adoption STAR does not create foster homes for children, but certifies families to adopt children from foster care. Adoption STAR creates matches between waiting children and families. Adoption STAR prepares families for the match, works with them through the entire journey pre-placement, placement, post-placement and post adoption.

Adoption STAR believes that every child needs and deserves a forever family and that there is a forever family for every child. Permanency planning is our number one goal for children in foster care.

Adoption STAR can help you adopt a child who is currently in foster care in New York, Ohio, Florida or other states. These children range in age from toddlers to 21 years old, with most of the children in need of adoption from age 9 to 20. The children we advocate for are legally available for adoption. Many have siblings and they hope to join a family together.

Some children have developmental delays, physical or emotional challenges. Many of these children have experienced neglect and abuse in their past.

Even though there are more children in foster care then there are adoptive parent applicants, families describe long wait times, cite experiences with no referrals or situations where children were removed from their home because they were not actually freed for adoption. The system is sadly broken. Adoption STAR has created a program that works with you every step of the journey.


  • Adoption STAR can help you adopt a child who is already legally freed for adoption and waiting for their forever family without having to go through the hassle of a county or a public agency.
  • Adoption STAR places older children legally available for adoption – you do not need to take the risk of first being a child’s foster family and risk having to say goodbye to that child.
  • Adoption STAR does not have a waiting list to begin the educational and home study process.
  • Adoption STAR does not believe in waiting lists for older child or infant adoption.
  • The Adoption STAR A-OK program provides you a family advocate who works to identify a child or children for you.
  • Adoption STAR does not have a high turn around of staff. Very sadly the average time a social worker works in the county foster care field is 6 months. A child in care may have experienced a revolving door of social workers and foster families.
  • Adoption STAR doesn’t give up. We are passionate and committed and work tirelessly to make matches between children and families.
  • Since 2000, Adoption STAR has placed hundreds of children in permanent families. Adoption STAR’s founder and CEO has been in the adoption field advocating on behalf of children since 1988.

Yes, most states have a requirement that children of a certain age give their consent to be adopted. The age varies by state. Fourteen is the most common consent age, but some states require kids as young as ten years old to provide consent to adoption.

Yes, in many states you are able to do this. We never outgrow the need for family. Being adopted at 18 or older provides someone an immediate family and extended family.

If you reside within New York, Florida and Ohio, we can work with you to welcome an older child or children who are already legally available for adoption into your family. Nationwide, there are many children waiting to be adopted. We will help you find the right child, or children, for your family.

If you reside outside of these states, we will consider you on a case-by-case basis.

Both couples and singles are welcome to adopt from Adoption STAR.

We welcome LGBTQIA+ families!

We love working with families who are flexible and realistic about the needs of children in foster care. You must be resilient, committed, and it is an extra bonus to have a sense of humor. You need to understand that love is not enough. You do not need to have a lot of money or own your home, but you do need to be resourceful and be committed to obtaining outside help, resources, and participating in post adoption support.

We want families who believe, along with us, that no child of any age is unadoptable.

We want families who believe, along with us, that every person has the right to a forever family and unconditional love and support.

We want families who believe, along with us, that it is never too late for a family.

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.