More than 75 babies and teenagers were officially adopted by families in Alameda County Superior Court on Saturday, November 18. Some of these children had already been living with these families as foster children, while others were arriving at new homes for the very first time.
A spokeswoman for the Alameda County Social Services says that there are almost 3000 children in the county who belong to the foster care system.
National Adoption Day, celebrated every year on the Saturday before Thanksgiving, is a day when thousands of children across the United States are formally adopted by families. Like Adoption Awareness Month, National Adoption Day takes place every year to raise awareness that there are more than 100,000 children in the U.S. who are waiting to find permanent homes.
National Adoption Day.org offers the following statistics about adoption:
· There are an estimated 523,000 children in foster care in the United States, and more than 119,000 of them are waiting to be adopted.
· A national survey showed that four in 10 Americans have considered adoption. That translates into over 80 million Americans. If only one out of 500 Americans adopted children from the foster care system, these children would have homes. (Source: National Adoption Attitudes Survey 2002; Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption)
· Since 1987, the number of children in foster care has nearly doubled, and the average time a child remains in foster care has lengthened to nearly three years. Each year, approximately 20,000 children in foster care will age out of the system without ever being placed with a permanent family.
· In September 2003, of the 523,000 children in foster care, 35% were Black Non-Hispanic, 39% were White Non-Hispanic, 17% were Hispanic, 2% American Indian/Alaskan Native, 1% Asian Non-Hispanic, 3% two or more Races Non-
Hispanic and 3% unable to determine.
· The adoptive family structure is as follows: Married Couples 67%, Single Females 28%, Single Males 3%, and Unmarried Couples 2%.
· Children in foster care are adopted by three types of families: former foster parents,
relatives, and unrelated families. About 62% of the adoptions of children in foster care were by foster parents to whom the children were not related; 23% were by relatives; and 15% of the adoptions were by families to whom the children were not related.
(Unless otherwise indicated, statistics are provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families Administration on Children; Interim Estimates for FY 2003.)
Adoption Petitions In California:
Any adult may file a petition to adopt a child in the Superior Court in the county in which the petitioner resides; however, the prospective adoptive parent must be at least 10 years older than the child. If the child is a juvenile court dependent, the petition to adopt may be filed in the Juvenile Court that has jurisdiction of the child.
In an Agency Adoption, an adoption petition may be filed after the agency has supervised the adoptive placement for a minimum of six months. The agency joins with the adoptive parent in the petition to the court, files a report with the court, and gives its consent to the adoption.
In an Independent Adoption, the petition accompanied by an Independent Adoption Placement Agreement, when required, must be filed within 10 days of the child’s placement with the prospective adoptive parent. If an adoption petition is not filed within 10 days of the placement, caregivers who are unrelated to the child must immediately apply for licensing as a foster parent.
If you wish to adopt a child in the state of California, Sagaria Law, P.C. can help you. We represent clients in Alameda County, Monterey County, and Santa Clara County. Contact Sagaria Law, P.C. for a free consultation.
Oakland Celebrates National Adoption Day, CBS5.com, November 19, 2006
Adoption Statistics (PDF)
National Adoption Day
A Guide To California Adoptions (PDF)
Related Web Resources:
Adoption Forms, California Self-Help Center