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According to records from the Department of Health and Human Services, the number of children in the United States residing in foster homes increased slightly in 2013 after a seven-year decline, The Associated Press reported on September 29.
According to HHS’s annual report, there are 403,378 children in the U.S. foster care system–higher than 2012’s 397,000. The year when there were the highest number of children residing in foster homes in the U.S. was 2002, amounting to 524,000 children.
Since 2005, records of foster home children occupancy have been dipping. According to officials, the long-term decrease can be attributed to policy shifts regarding how state and county child welfare agencies operate. HHS’s administration on children, youth, and families associate commissioner JooYeun Chang said the foster numbers vary among the states and that many states are still enacting measures to decrease their foster care populations.
Last year, 101,840 children were available for adoption from the foster care system.
In Raleigh, North Carolina, trust our attorneys at Marshall & Taylor PLLC to guide you through the adoption process. Call our offices at 919-833-1040 today to learn how we may help you.
Jackson County residents Coy and Shelbi Gunther posted a Facebook status asking the public if there were any unwanted babies they could adopt, the Sylva Herald reported on July 29.
This resulted in a backlash for the couple, as people commented with insults and outrage. The post offended the public, who generally thought the couple should have pursued adoption through an agency if they were truly serious about it.
According to Jackson County Social Services director Bob Cochran, posting an ad online to look for a baby to adopt is not illegal, but is also not the best option. The Gunthers would not know about the baby’s medical background and other information about the biological parents.
Adoption is a life-changing process that can grant a couple the opportunity to raise a child as their own. If you are considering adoption, the attorneys at Marshall & Taylor PLLC can guide you through your options and finalize the legal documents. Call our Raleigh offices at 919-833-1040 today to speak with a knowledgeable representative.
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