The Challenges And Development Of Adoption In The Child Welfare System

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In the US alone there are over four hundred thousand children without permanent families and over one hundred thousand waiting to be adopted (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2015). Couples who cannot have children and are looking for ways for to have children can adopt. Children in foster care are alone and in desperate need of someone to love them unconditionally, showing them that no matter what they are wanted. Adoption is one of the ways couples can have children, through the adoption process couples can rescue a child from a life in the child welfare system, giving them a family and a hope of a better life.
The first step is figuring out if someone wants to adopt, weighing the pros and cons and deciding if they want to
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faqs) In addition to these rules the state also has income requirements also but that is not a hard figure but is based on a the results of a home study. Some characteristics that are necessary for adoptive parents to have are, being stable, mature, and dependable, and flexible enough to work with the new child and the social worker along with their family with the new challenges and tasks it will bring. After we have figured if we are able to adopt and want to, the next step is to do preservice training.
The second step of the adoption process is preservice training. This helps parents understand the struggles and baggage that adopted children may have and how to deal with it. Preservice training involves multiple sessions involving the parties who are adopting. The goals of preservice training are to
• Prepare yourself for adopting a child
• Create a basis for teamwork between yourself and your agency
• Form mutually supportive relationships with other parents and child welfare staff who will be able to help you throughout your adoption

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