Friday, December 29, 2006

Waiting Children....waiting parents.

So while reading The Open Window's blog I began thinking (again) about how utterly disorganized the US Foster/Adoption program is.

There are soooo many waiting children in this country, young (there are infants and toddlers out there -Lili was adopted as a waiting child at only 13 months) older, sibling groups, all races and ethnicities and varying abilities. But there are also waiting families out there.....how can that be you say? Because we have no system, we have no broad focused matching programs. Guatemala is considered a country ravished by poverty...yet they do more to find homes for waiting children than we are able to with all the resources and technology that we have.

Everything depends on where you live and what agency you go through. Our friends were licensed as foster parents this summer, they were very open in what they would accept and still waited months and months for a placement. Funny, I'm full and they're calling me twice a week. Our friends are licensed a private foster agency and we go through the Children's Division. We live within 15 miles of each other. My brother and SIL were waiting to be matched with an available child for almost a year....they're in a different county and their SW doesn't have access to the waiting kids 30 miles away. How sad is that?

1 comment:

Margaret said...

Thank you for your comment on my blog -- and the link here! It is frustrating to be waiting... especially when I see kids photolisted month, after month, after month. It is a system in disarray. But the kids keep me in it, for now anyway.