Focus on the Family’s®
Adoption & Orphan Care Initiative™
Currently, the United States has approximately 104,000* legal orphans waiting in foster care for adoptive families to call their own. Most people simply do not realize America has orphans because we do not have orphanages. Yet these hidden and often forgotten orphan children need love and security as much as any of God’s children. These children live in temporary foster homes, move frequently from home to home, and have no permanency in their lives. Unless they are adopted, they will exit or “age-out” of the system at age 18 and become adults who belong nowhere and have no personal connection with anyone.
At Focus on the Family, we believe that every child deserves to know the love of a forever family and that every family deserves the chance to thrive. Because of this, we are endeavoring to raise awareness of and recruit adoptive families for waiting children and youth in foster care. Given the number of churches throughout the U.S., every waiting child could have a family if less than one family per church opened their home and hearts.
To that end, we are working collaboratively with state, county, church, and adoption agency leaders to help find families for waiting children and youth in foster care. In addition to recruiting families, we are also committed to providing best-in-class resources for foster and adoptive families.
Our initiative focuses on four main areas:
- Wait No More recruitment events for waiting kids in foster care
- Cry of the Orphan nationwide awareness in partnership with Hope for Orphans and Show Hope
- Post-placement resources for adoptive families