Is Older Child Adoption for You?
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Miguel, Gary, and Jacob’s A-OK Journey
Gary and I met in December of 2014. We knew from the start that we always wanted to have children as our first priority has always been family. In 2017 we got engaged and knew right away we wanted to start our adoption journey. Gary and I first thought of fostering to adopt, but after learning the main purpose of foster care was to reunify children with their parents, we reflected on this and felt this was not the best path for us.
A-OK Program – Adopt An Older Kid Program
The A-OK Program, Adopt an Older Kid, is a special program of Adoption STAR.
If you’re hoping to expand your family, adopting from our A-OK Program may be the right decision for you. Adoption STAR works hard to develop relationships throughout the United States with agencies and counties responsible for children in foster care. If you are hoping to adopt an older child or a sibling group in the United States, you should seriously consider our comprehensive program. Get started today by clicking the button below or simply give us a call at 1-866-691-3300.
Getting Started: Your 12 Step Guide
Amazing Benefits Older Kids Receive Just
By Being Adopted:
- They will be obtaining stability.
- They will have positive role models.
- They will increase positive attachments.
- Their coping skills will be enhanced.
- They will receive resources and support for a lifetime.
- They will have an immediate family.
- They will have an extended family.
Foster Care Then and Now
While foster care existed before the 19th century in various forms, it wasn’t until 1853, when Charles Brace created the Orphan Train Movement where he planned for city children living in poor conditions to be sent to live and work on farms. More than 120,000 children were transported to new lives through the early 1900s. Today the foster care system is over run due to neglect, domestic violence and drug abuse and addiction. The system when it succeeds reunites birth parents and children into stronger families, or identifies a kinship placement. If that fails then the child is hopefully adopted by their foster parent(s). Close to 50% of foster families do not proceed with the adoption of the child or children in their home. Foster Care was meant to be a temporary living situation but unfortunately children remain there for years, often changing foster homes frequently, and as they get older, moving into group homes or finding themselves homeless or incarcerated.
Is Older Child Adoption for You? Take This Quiz
Every adult living in your house should complete this self-assessment quiz. Discuss the results openly and honestly. It may help you decide if older child adoption is right for your family.
A-OK Program FAQ
Please contact us if you find your questions are not answered here.
Why did Adoption STAR create the A-OK Program?
Adoption STAR created the A-OK program to identify families for children waiting in U.S. foster care. Adoption STAR does not create foster homes for children, but certifies families to adopt children from foster care. Adoption STAR creates matches between waiting children and families. Adoption STAR prepares families for the match, works with them through the entire journey pre-placement, placement, post-placement and post adoption.
Adoption STAR believes that every child needs and deserves a forever family and that there is a forever family for every child. Permanency planning is our number one goal for children in foster care.
Who are the older kids available for adoption?
Some children have developmental delays, physical or emotional challenges. Many of these children have experienced neglect and abuse in their past.
Why chose Adoption STAR for older child adoption?
- Adoption STAR can help you adopt a child who is already legally freed for adoption and waiting for their forever family without having to go through the hassle of a county or a public agency.
- Adoption STAR places older children legally available for adoption – you do not need to take the risk of first being a child’s foster family and risk having to say goodbye to that child.
- Adoption STAR does not have a waiting list to begin the educational and home study process.
- Adoption STAR does not believe in waiting lists for older child or infant adoption.
- The Adoption STAR A-OK program provides you a family advocate who works to identify a child or children for you.
- Adoption STAR does not have a high turn around of staff. Very sadly the average time a social worker works in the county foster care field is 6 months. A child in care may have experienced a revolving door of social workers and foster families.
- Adoption STAR doesn’t give up. We are passionate and committed and work tirelessly to make matches between children and families.
- Since 2000, Adoption STAR has placed hundreds of children in permanent families. Adoption STAR’s founder and CEO has been in the adoption field advocating on behalf of children since 1988.
Do older kids have a say in their adoption?
Can we adopt a child as they are aging out of foster care who may be 18 or older?
Does my geographic location matter?
If you reside outside of these states, we will consider you on a case-by-case basis.
What type of families are you looking for?
We welcome LGBTQIA+ families!
We love working with families who are flexible and realistic about the needs of children in foster care. You must be resilient, committed, and it is an extra bonus to have a sense of humor. You need to understand that love is not enough. You do not need to have a lot of money or own your home, but you do need to be resourceful and be committed to obtaining outside help, resources, and participating in post adoption support.
We want families who believe, along with us, that no child of any age is unadoptable.
We want families who believe, along with us, that every person has the right to a forever family and unconditional love and support.
We want families who believe, along with us, that it is never too late for a family.
The decision to adopt a child is one of the most serious and important decisions a family can make. Choosing the right agency is necessary.
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