Adoption: the children
Children of all ages may be adopted, however, most waiting children are over the age of 5 and may fall under one or more of the following categories:
- be part of a sibling group needing to be placed together
- be part of a racial, ethnic, or cultural minority
- have physical, mental, developmental or emotional disabilities
Children needing adoptive homes look like other children and come in all shapes and sizes. They are like other children, each with their own special personality, abilities, interests, and potential. Many children waiting for adoption have special needs related to the abuse or neglect they've experienced, including the grief and loss of being taken from their birth family. Sometimes the birthparents decided they could not take care of their children and turned over custody to the state.
Since most children living in foster care who are available for adoption are school aged, families seeking to adopt a baby may also wish to contact a private adoption agency licensed by the state. These agencies work with birthparent(s) who choose to place their baby with an adoptive family.