Today, about 135,000 children are adopted in America every year — from the foster care system, private domestic agencies, family members, and other countries. One out of every 25 U.S. families with children have an adopted child. Roughly 40% of adoptions are from the U.S. foster care system. There are roughly 107,918 foster children eligible for and waiting to be adopted. Think about that number – over 100,000.
The average age of a waiting child is 8 years old and 29% of them will spend at least three years in foster care. People often wonder why there are so many teenagers still wanting to be adopted, still feeling that a family is so important. One 16-year-old said, “When I graduate high school, I just want one person in the room to be there for me”
It is easy to understand from Mike’s story that he has a huge heart for kids in the “system.” Through the non-profit, we partner with organizations and programs that are working to change the legacy of kids in the system waiting to be adopted. We do this in a number of ways: