to say that I really love doing what I do most days. The presentation I am working on is how to transition families from wanting an infant to considering a teenager. Or, how to find families willing to take teenagers. It's the only way we are going to solve the horrible problem we have in our society.
The Dave Thomas Foundation reports that in 2007, over 20,000 kids aged out of foster care. And yet, in one study, only 4 of 19 families were willing to take a child over 5 years old. So agencies are spinning their wheels working with families who want kids that don't often exist -- or who exist in such small numbers that the competition for them is near impossible.
I'm not saying everyone can adopt a teenager. But I am saying that to welcome a new family on board and encourage them with the possibilities of younger children can be deceptive we aren't really careful. I always make a point in training to emphasize the kind of kids that are out there.
I'm excited about the presentation. Shifting paradigms is very hard for anyone, but explaining how to shift someone's is one of my favorite things. I just wish there were more hours in the day....