FOSTER CARE STATISTICS:
*Currently, there are approximately 425,000 children in foster care in the United States.
*It's estimated that 115,000 are eligible for adoption.
*In 2009, about 57,466 children were adopted from foster care.
*69% of parents who adopt from foster care are married couples, 31% are single-parent families. *Median age of child in foster care: 8.1 years.
*Race/ethnicity of children in foster care: 38% Caucasian, 30% African-American, 22% Hispanic, 10% other.
*The average child in foster care goes through three different placements and stays in the system for about 30 months.
*Each year, about 26,000 children age out of foster care.
Courtesy of Adoptive Families.com
Mike Blanchette, Host & Producer of "The Adoption Option" television show.