While a child is in foster care, state agencies are implementing a program with the biological parent/s to help them overcome the problems that led to the removal of their children. The first goal is always the reunification of biological families.
Unfortunately, this goal is not always attainable. In such cases, parental rights are terminated and the children are now considered “adoptable.” Currently, there are approximately 105,000 youth in the U.S. system waiting to be adopted.
These children need permanency, preferably through adoption. Unfortunately, adoption does not always occur. This leaves thousands of children ever so closer to aging out of the system without the viable support system that they need.