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Foster care myths may prevent potential parents from adopting

Recent North Carolina bills that focus on providing a greater level of support to foster children and to their foster families have shined a spotlight on the state's foster care system. One of the facts arising from this increased focus is that 2,000 North Carolina are currently waiting to be adopted out of foster care. Like all kids, these children deserve loving families to call their own, so why do parents who want to adopt often overlook these children?

Some believe it is because potential parents have bought into some of the more negative myths involving children in foster care. If these erroneous beliefs can be put to bed, it could result in more foster children and more wanting parents achieving the lives they desire: love and family.

Here are a few myths that many people still believe:

Kids in foster care are delinquents: This is not true. Most children end up in foster care because of abuse or parental neglect, not because they have done something wrong.

Biological parents can take away adopted children: Contrary to popular belief, a biological parent cannot just take away adopted children. Parents who adopt become the true parents and they have all the rights that go along with the responsibility.

Adoptive parents must be young and married: Actually, about 1 in 4 adopted children reside with parents over 50. Further, about 28 percent of these children live in homes with only one parent.

It costs too much: In truth, adopting children out of the foster care system costs very little and sometimes nothing at all. Typically, adoptive parents must simply pay applicable adoption agency fees, travel expenses and attorney fees.

No adoption procedure should be entered into lightly, but parents who long for a child to love should know that there are many children in foster care waiting for someone to love them forever. Speaking with a North Carolina family law attorney can help you begin building your own family.

Source: The News and Observer, "Myths keep potential parents from adopting children in foster care," Rita Soronen, Aug. 13, 2015

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