Misunderstandings about who children in foster care are and why they are in care add to the enormous hurdles they face.
MYTH 1 – Nearly half of Americans believe that children are placed into foster care because of juvenile delinquency.
THE TRUTH -Children are removed from their homes due to abuse, neglect, abandonment or the death of their parents.
MYTH 2 – Most Americans (68%) think that children in foster care can not be adopted.
THE TRUTH – There are more than 100,000 children in America’s foster care system waiting and hoping to be adopted.
MYTH 3 – Of those that are aware of foster care adoption, nearly half (46%) believe that it is expensive.
THE TRUTH – Foster care adoption is FREE. There may even be a monthly stipend, free college, and free health insurance.
MYTH 4 – Two-thirds of people considering adoption are concerned that the biological parents can take the child back.
THE TRUTH – Once the adoption is finalized the child(ren) are legally a part of your family - forever.
Mike Blanchette, Host & Producer of "The Adoption Option" television show.