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Boy pleads for adoptive family

A 15-year-old boy wearing a suit and tie asked a Florida congregation for support in getting him adopted by a family in early October. Ever since that time the church has been flooded with phone calls from people in North Carolina and elsewhere regarding the child's case. The boy has had a difficult life. He was born when his mother was in jail and he has never had a permanent home. He is currently living in a group home with about 12 other teenagers and recently discovered that his mother is now deceased.

His plight is not unfamiliar to teenage boys. The North American Council on Adoptable Children reports that the chances of a successful adoption decrease substantially after the child's ninth birthday. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reports that there are nearly 400,000 children in the United States in foster care with only 10 percent of those adopted being between 14 and 17 years old.

Some individuals who are familiar with the foster system say that it is not unusual for older children to market themselves in an attempt to get adopted. The boy did not have any requirements for an adoptive family, saying that he would take "old" or "young," "black, white" or purple. All calls regarding the boy's potential adoption have been forwarded to the appropriate adoption agency.

People in North Carolina who may have been moved by a similar cry for help may adopt children later in life by seeking the assistance from an attorney knowledgeable in family law matters. The attorney may be able to provide advice and counsel regarding legal aspects of the adoption process.

Source: Fox News, "Florida church flooded with calls after 15-year-old orphan asks for family to adopt him", Edmund DeMarche, October 17, 2013

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