Adopting from Foster Care
More than 123,000 U.S. children are waiting in foster care for their forever family. These are children who have been removed from their homes due to abuse, neglect or other challenges, and they cannot return to their birth families. If you're looking to open your heart and home to a child, please know that there is a child out there who is looking for you!
KVC is a private, nonprofit organization that has matched more than 5,300 children with loving forever families. We are passionate about finding the best possible family for each unique child. We would be honored to help you become an adoptive family. (Learn more about us at kvc.org.)
Why adopt a child from U.S. foster care?
There is a myth that it’s easier and faster to adopt internationally than from U.S. foster care. The reality is that in 2011, there were 51,000 children adopted through U.S. foster care while less than 10,000 children were adopted by U.S. citizens from all international sources combined.
On average, it takes roughly a year to adopt a child from the U.S. foster care system. Most adoptions through foster care have minimal costs, and those costs are often reimbursable.
Who needs to be adopted?
The children available for adoption through KVC are often:
- Age 10 and above
- Part of a sibling set of three or more who needs to be adopted together
- Have unique needs
Please note: While young children and babies do enter state custody, our first goal is to try and safely reunite the child with his or her birth parents. If reunification is not possible, relatives and familiar caregivers are the next best choice to care for them. A list of agencies that specialize in adoptions of toddlers and babies are below: