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According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Resources: Administration for Children and Families, at the beginning of the year 2011 appro… Read More
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Resources: Administration for Children and Families, at the beginning of the year 2011 approximately 408, 425 children and youth were in foster care. About one hundred thousand of those children were placed in foster care homes of non-relatives, which is where half of those children end up being placed for permanent adoption. When the state grants an adult(s) legal guardianship of a minor the exact wording of the contract is: “You understand it is as if this child were born to you.” These words recognize a very concrete bond between people that will span every generation thereafter who is related to those individuals. The family of two, a mother and daughter, has made acceptance and respect for their unshared past the foundation of their relationship. Prior to becoming family, the girl was a foster child coming from a past of neglect and physical abuse and the woman, a mother grieving from the sudden death of her adult son. From these adverse past experiences, each of them arrives- mutual understanding and protective of the sense of home they’ve created for one another as a family. Read Less
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