As of July 2017, it has been apparent that foster care adoption is the a preferred choice for those who wish to become parents. However, according to an article from Washington Post, it is mentioned that the process for foster care is unbearably frustrating, as none of the foster parents have any form of control over the end result, and are aware that their foster child may not be the permanent addition they wanted.
Fortunately, they mention throughout the piece that terminating the rights of the biological family is on the horizon. This not only promises a permanent family to those foster children, but those who are foster parents as well. Many organizations and charities have devoted their time and energy into foster children, taking into consideration their preference on school, name change, location, and close friends as well as making sure they have a permanent home.
The article also name drops a few celebrities who have adopted from foster care, such as Scott Shriner from Weezer, his wife and author, Jillian Lauren, and Jon Bon Jovi. Many biological families come back for their child in foster care, automatically gaining the rights to raise them once again, but many foster parents don’t believe that’s fair. It can take anywhere between two or three years to several before that child is considered “free to adopt” and there’s still no guarantee that the biological parents of those foster kids wouldn’t try to regain their rights, even after the adoption process is complete. Many foster parents feel as if they are living on eggshells, constantly wondering when they will lose the child they are beginning to love more and more. Courts overlook a lot of the emotional repercussions of these situations, but those who wish to be, or are already foster parents, understands and accepts the consequences of adoption from foster care. Not only can it be burdensome, but foster children don’t normally range in the infants and toddler stages. Foster children are usually old enough to know what’s going on, which can have some serious emotional damage, thus requiring therapy. This could happen with foster kids at any age, but it is more common to occur in those who are older and more developed.