Rita Soronen, President & CEO of the Foundation, joined host Nicole Witt on a recent episode of Adopting! The Podcast.
Nicole and Rita discussed findings from the 2022 U.S. Adoption and Foster Care Attitudes Survey and debunked common myths surrounding foster care adoption, including:
Myth: It is too expensive to adopt
Adopting from foster care is not expensive. In fact, unlike private infant and international adoption, the majority of fees associated with foster care adoption are covered by states. Generally, adoption from foster care costs between $0 – $1,500.
Myth: A child’s family of origin can “reclaim” them
A child’s family of origin has no way of regaining custody once that child has been adopted. Adoption is permanent. Adoptive parents have the same rights, responsibilities and protections as parents whose children were born to them.
Myth: Children in foster care are juvenile delinquents
The 2022 U.S. Adoption and Foster Care Attitudes Survey revealed that more than half (51%) of Americans incorrectly believe that children are in foster care because they have done something wrong. Children are placed in foster care, through no fault of their own, because of abuse or neglect, and frequently experience countless layers of trauma.
Myth: I’m not qualified to adopt
Families who adopt are as unique and diverse as the children in their care, and children in foster care do not need to wait for some specific notion of family. It does not matter if prospective parents already have children or have never had children. What matters is their willingness to commit to parenthood.
Listen to the full conversation.