There are more than 4,300 Nevada children in foster care and 670 of those children are waiting to be adopted. The majority of those children are over the age of 10 or are part of a sibling group that needs to be adopted together.
Have you ever considered adopting an older child? Have you considered opening your home and heart to a child in need? November is National Adoption Awareness Month and the perfect time to consider what you can do to help the children that are waiting.
You don’t have to be rich or be the “perfect” parent to adopt. You don’t need a fancy house or car. What you do need is an open mind and an open heart. Individuals interested in adopting do need to complete an approval process that includes standard background check, completion of a training course and a home study.
Older children often age out of the foster care system when they turn 18. Children that age out of the foster care system rather than being adopted are at increased risk of poor educational outcomes, experiencing homelessness and being underemployed. Older children need families, too!
No one is ever to old to need a family.