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Finding opportunity in our legacy
Reimagining the way we meet the adoption needs of children and families
Our ideas about adoption are certainly different today. One of the largest and most effective adoption agencies in the U.S., Children’s Home has always understood the need to adjust course to address the shifting landscape of adoption.
Between 1950 and 1955, as international adoption began to take hold, 600 children were placed in the “Infants from Abroad” program. Most of the children were war orphans from Germany fathered by occupation troops. Our renowned Korean adoption program began in 1967. Nationwide, significant growth in international adoption followed, peaking at 23,000 placements in 2005. Since then, however, international adoptions have declined rapidly, by more than 50 percent.
Domestic adoption placements through Children’s Home reached a peak of 333 children in 1967; in 2010, we completed 22 domestic infant adoptions. Since the mid-1980s our agency has been finding permanent families for children living in foster care through the Minnesota’s Waiting Children program.
We recognize that while adoption is changing and the overall number of adoptions is down nationally, the need for adoption is present and strong. Many children are still waiting for families.
Over the past few years, Children’s Home has developed a unique competency in finding families for “waiting children.” Children who wait are often boys, older or part of a sibling group. They may have special health or developmental needs that range from minor or correctable concerns to severe conditions that require lifelong care.
We are becoming experts in uniting these waiting children with nurturing families. In the process, Children’s Home has built a strong reputation among our partner countries and agencies, as well as with families seeking to adopt.
To be most successful, Children’s Home is reimagining the way we meet the adoption needs of children and families. Over the next several months, we will be working to redesign how our adoption services promote awareness of the needs of waiting children. We’ll encourage openness in prospective adoptive parents to children with a range of needs, and prepare families for a broad spectrum of children who are waiting for loving, permanent homes.
Championing the adoption of waiting children presents an exciting opportunity for Children’s Home. It is a practice that we believe best aligns with our expertise, acknowledges the current realities of adoption, and holds the most opportunities for children, families and our agency.
Call Waiting International Children at 651-646-6393 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org