There are a few reasons why there are so many older kids and teens in foster care. For one, most kids don’t enter foster care until they are between 6 and 7 years old. There are also a lot of misconceptions about older kids in foster care. Check out our blog, Busting 5 Common Myths About Adopting an Older Child, to learn more about these misconceptions.
Whether they didn’t enter foster care until they were already older or misconceptions and stigma have kept them in the system, there are thousands of older children available for adoption in the U.S. They are older kids who want and deserve a safe and loving family, but the odds are not in their favor.
You can change the life of an older child in foster care. You can be the person who prevents another older child from aging out of foster care without a family, a home, or a support system.