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North Carolina struggles with foster care and adoption issues

If you've hoped to adopt, now may be the time to look into it. North Carolina has more children in foster care today than it has had in the last 10 years. This is a significant problem and one the state needs to address as soon as possible. One of the state's largest adoption agencies has decided to make changes to reduce the number of children waiting in foster care in hopes of bringing the ever-growing number of waiting children down.

A news report from July 7 states that there are over 11,000 children in foster care across the state. The increase in the number of children in foster care is a direct result of having fewer families looking to adopt than there are children. Children are actually pouring into the system much faster than potential adoptive families are available.

Another reason the state is seeing a rise in the number of foster children is due to the opioid epidemic. The epidemic has spread across many states. Poverty is an additional factor. Between substance abuse, mental illnesses and poverty, more children are being placed in foster care than ever before.

The Children's Home Society is trying to address this problem by doubling the work it does for the children. The agency has a goal of doubling adoptions, finding homes for children who are as young as newborns or as old as 18.

If you think adoption is right for you and you want to add to your family, this may be a way to do so. Your attorney can help you start the paperwork needed to adopt a child into your family.

Source: WRAL, "Adoption agency works to thin ranks of NC children in foster care," July 07, 2017

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