Foster to Adoption | Are you looking to adopt a child? Have you considered becoming a foster parent? Adopting a child is a great act that can benefit not only the adopted child but everyone involved as well. What many people don’t realize, is that there are different ways to adopt a child than the traditional method which can cost $15,000 or more.
Our goal is to reunite foster children with their biological families, which happens about 50% of the time. There are many children who cannot return to their birth families for different reasons, at which point the focus becomes finding the most stable permanent plan for the child, which usually involves adoption.
When a foster child cannot be reunited with their family, it is usually the foster families that are considered for adoption. Adopting through foster care allows families the opportunity to get to know the child prior to making a decision to adopt.
It may take a few foster placements before you find a child that needs a permanent family, but you will eventually be matched with a child that needs to be adopted. It can be a tough process, but if you are in it to help children and focus on the positive when they are able to be reunited with their families, then you will be able to persevere and celebrate when you adopt through foster care.
“There are no unwanted children, just unfound families.”
The National Adoption Center
Children First FFA is a private, non-profit organization in Northern California that is dedicated to helping change lives by providing a safe place for children to heal in a culture of love, acceptance, and consistency.
“My wife and I got involved with foster care nearly four years ago. We started down this path because we had a strong desire to adopt children. Our first taste of foster care occurred under some weekend respites, which were actually fun to do.
Most of our placements were sibling groups, which were rather difficult, yet enjoyable. We were able to help potty train several kids, teach them, feed them, nurture them, and reach several life milestones together. Transitioning and preparing you for a child going back is horribly hard to endure, but it is part of the experience one may encounter while doing foster care. I remember taking some of the children on walks through the woods and their faces lit up when they saw everything around them. We also really enjoyed going to the movies with them, and watching them try new foods at different restaurants, going to a park to play, and reading to them at night.
We are currently in a plan of adoption with a child we have had since 1 day old. My wife and I routinely receive support from our social worker, as well as the pastor from church.”
Aaron and Hortensia, Foster Parents