Foster Care Adoption
* Currently in South Dakota and Wyoming *
For a variety of reasons, children are removed from their biological families and placed into foster care. The goal is that they will be reunified with their birth family and the family will be restored. Because we live in a broken and fallen world, this does not always happen. Foster Care Adoption occurs when children are unable to reunite with their birth family and are legally deemed adoptable through the foster care system.
Children in Foster Care
Age Out Every Year
Number of Children in Group Homes
Children Nationwide in Foster Care that Are Legally Adoptable
Children enter the foster care system through no fault of their own. Often they have been abused, neglected, and/or abandoned. Their birth families will work towards reunification and many, by God’s grace, are successful and the family is restored. For others, reunification is not possible nor in the best interest of the child and therefore the rights of the birth family are terminated and the child(ren) become available for adoption. In the United States, there are 100,000+ children in foster care who are legally free and waiting for a forever family.
Mission-minded, Gospel-centered families who are willing to care for a child who comes from a hard place. These children do not need perfect parents, but families who know their own need for Jesus and are called to give these children a safe and forever home where they will hear and experience the love of Jesus.
How to Fund Your Adoption
One of the biggest hesitations families express as they approach adoption is the financial cost. Many of the fees associated with Foster Care Adoption could be paid for by the state in which your child is from; however, this is not guaranteed. Therefore, Lifeline lays out the maximum fees to be paid to Lifeline and is also here to support you as you take the next step in faith. There are many scholarships and potential tax credits available. For more help, visit our resources page.
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