The Impact of Adoption

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“When I talk to audiences not familiar with the child welfare system, I share startling numbers – more than six million children last year were involved in reports of abuse or neglect and more than 400,000 were in foster care. And today, 101,000 children are waiting to get adopted. These are children, I explain, who have been abused or neglected at such a level that they have been permanently severed from their family of origin and are now simply waiting for a family to adopt them. As I speak, I witness these truths sink in through quiet gasps and concerned faces.”

“10 Ways to Stop 23,000 Children from Aging out of Foster Care.” Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption. N.p., n.d. Web. <>.