So You Do Know That Foster Care Adoptions Are Not Free? It Just Looks That Way…..

Foster Care Adoptions $0 – $2,500
Licensed Private Agency Adoptions $5,000 – $40,000+
Independent Adoptions $8,000 – $40,000+
Facilitated/Unlicensed Adoptions $5,000 – $40,000+
Intercountry Adoptions $7,000 – $30,000

Hi I saw a post on Face Book that inspired me to write this….I have worked in Child Welfare and know about all of the children waiting. The National average now is about 10,000. And I always see those who oppose private infant adoption make comments about this number and easily ask – why are families not adopting these children..I see the term ” womb wet” used a lot lately. I also see the comments if we provided support for these families, these women they could parent , instead we talk them into adoption, we manipulate their babies out from under them. OMG! I wish those who made these comments could look beyond what their opinion was and see, actually see all of the families that are given this option, this option to parent – these are the families in your Social Welfare Systems, generation after generation. That number 10,000 exists because nobody gave them options when they were pregnant. So they did what everyone told them they should do..But couldn’t so then they spent years in “the system” with support then still couldn’t do it and now their children are older..possibly abused or neglected or simply just unable to attach to anyone because they weren’t provided safety when needed or went from foster home to foster home. NOW you want someone to adopt them? Why not back when we all know it should have happened? Why do we shame families into parenting? Then when every one is broken(including the birth family) we tell someone else who wants to be a parent that they should pick up the broken pieces? We take away the kids, no more options, no dignity.And the children? And foster care is not free..the fees are less expensive, but who do you think pays all of those social workers salaries? The county charges for those adoptions, the money is just funneled differently and the family adopting receives any where from $300.00 a month to $6000.00 depending on the needs of that child until they are 18. Where do you think that money comes from? So on avg if a family who adopts thru FC receives a subsidy of $600/month that’s what 108k? I understand that there are some professionals that may take advantage of some women, but many more don’t.. We all have a right to our opinions..but don’t spew venom unless you are ready to take action. Look around…By trying to take away the option of adoption you are no different than any other trying to oppress women. When someone says I can’t take care of this child..listen to them..really listen!

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