Saturday, November 21, 2020 is National Adoption Day. Adoption days are often called “the happiest day in court.” Most of us know people who have been adopted or who are adoptive parents. Step parent adoption, kinship adoption, baby adoption, international adoption, public, private; we have all heard these terms, but many people still have questions and misconceptions about adoption.
But there are some things that are not widely known about adoptions.
According to Adoption Network just about 135,000 children are adopted in the United States every year. The network also states that at any given time there are roughly 428,000 children in foster care in our nation; over half of these children are over 6. Additionally, most children, over 60%, spend between two and five years in foster care before being adopted.
If you are considering adopting a child there are many resources available. The guidance of a family law attorney can provide extra support and legal counsel to reduce the stress and uncertainty of such a major life event.