As part of its work for the State Policy Advocacy and Reform Center (SPARC), NACAC recently produced updated state adoption fact sheets. Based mostly on 2011 Adoption and Foster Care Analysis Reports System (AFCARS) data, the fact sheets present information about the number of adopted and waiting children, the length of time children spend in care, the race of waiting and adopted children, types of exits from foster care, and more.
Here’s an excerpt:
In 2011, 812 children were adopted from foster care in Virginia. Another 1,352 children in Virginia foster care were waiting to be adopted.
Adoption provides children with a lifetime of emotional and legal connections to a family. Recent years have brought new attention to children’s need for adoptive families, and the risks facing foster children who age out of care without a family. Despite this progress, more than 100,000 children across the country—especially older children and children of color—still wait for families. And many families who have adopted lack critical post-adoption support essential to their children’s stability and well-being.
Foster care was intended to be temporary, but many Virginia children remain in care for years. For children still waiting to be adopted in Virginia in 2011, the average stay in care was 3.3 years (39.8 months). On average, children who were adopted in 2011 spent 3.2 years (37.8 months) in care before the adoption was finalized.
Visit the NACAC website at http://www.nacac.org/policy/statefactsheets2011/Virginia2011.pdf or click on the PDF to view the entire fact sheet.