Studies have consistently shown that time is of the essence when it comes to getting children to their adoptive homes. The older a child gets, the harder it is to place them in permanent homes, but when we focus our resources on adoption the percentages for adopted children, even the most difficult to place, rise.
A new study suggests that so-called “unadoptables” — older foster children with disabilities, behavior problems or siblings — can find permanent homes, even in states such as Minnesota, which has lagged behind others in placing children.
Foster children were 1.7 times more likely to be adopted when “child-focused” recruiters helped them find new parents […]
“It’s one more person in there that can help support the kids,” she said. […]
She said the state is seeking to improve foster care adoptions in other ways. The University of Minnesota is unveiling a new certification program to train counselors and therapists to work with adopted children and to keep adoptive families intact.
A picnic is also scheduled in Oakdale next week to highlight the 588 foster care adoptions in Minnesota last year and to call attention to the children still awaiting permanent homes.