Finding “Forever” Families for Special Needs Children

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November is National Adoption Month, a time to raise awareness about the urgent need for adoptive families for children and youth in foster care. Currently there are nearly 400,000 children in the United States foster care system. Every year, thousands of these children will age out of foster care without the love and support of a “forever” family.

Thirteen percent of all children served by this system have at least one documented disability. For those with a medical disability, emotional or behavioral disorder, the life-changing event of aging out can be catastrophic. 

At The Children’s Aid Society, our specialized teams in Family Foster Care, Medical Foster Care, Treatment Family Foster Care and services for teens who are “aging out” work tirelessly to bring security and stability to these children, either with a permanent home or with an adoptive family.

Over the past fiscal year ending June 30, the adoption unit at The Children’s Aid Society completed 97 adoptions. And so far, 28 adoptions have already been completed for the current fiscal year, which began on July 1. What makes these numbers extra special is the success the Children’s Aid has had with finding permanent homes for children out of Medical and Treatment Family foster care.

“At The Children’s Aid Society, we continue to be very proud of the fact that included in our adoption numbers we have significant percentages of children adopted out of our special medical, developmental disabilities and treatment family foster care programs,” said Michael Wagner, director adoption and foster care at The Children’s Aid Society. “When these children are adopted by their foster parents, they benefit from having one less transition and that can make all the difference for their futures.”

As we mark November as National Adoption Month, The Children’s Aid Society has six additional children scheduled to finalize their adoptions this week in New York City’s Family Courts.