From Loving Shepherd Ministries

STEPPING INTO INTERNATIONAL ADOPTION

DID YOU KNOW? For the fourth straight year, the number of international adoptions has gone down in the U.S. In 2008, there were 17,433 international adoptions to the United States, but the number of orphans continued to increase. However, there has been a steady increase in the number and percentage of adoptions from Africa.

STEPPING INTO DOMESTIC ADOPTION

DID YOU KNOW? Families can domestically adopt infants from outside their own state. The Interstate Compact is an agreement among all fifty states that coordinates the transfer of children across state lines for the purpose of adoption.

STEPPING INTO FOSTER CARE

DID YOU KNOW? There is a difference between foster care and foster-to-adopt. Foster care is a temporary arrangement for a child who cannot live safely with his or her birth family. Foster-to-adopt involves the legally binding transfer of all parenting rights and responsibilities to adoptive parents permanently. An adoptive parent’s legal status is the same as if the child was born to him or her.

STEPPING INTO SPECIAL NEEDS

DID YOU KNOW? People who adopt children with special needs may pay lower fees and have a shorter waiting time frame. Adoption agencies’ special-needs programs, often called Waiting Child programs, may include children who are older or at-risk or who may have medical special needs.

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