Children need love, care, and safety; they need families

The Greatest terror a child can have is that he is not loved, and rejection is the hell of fears...... And, with rejection comes anger, and with anger some kind of crime in revenge for the rejection, and with crime, guilt - and there is the story of humankind. John Steinbeck, East of Eden

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Virginia rate of Adoption

According to Virginia Performs, Virginia had the second lowest rate of public agency adoptin in the nation.

The Commonwealth ranks first among the states in the percent of youth (22.5 percent) who age out of foster care.

This means, of every state in the Nation, Virginia has a larger percent of children who are not adopted but end up remaining in the system until they turn eighteen.

In addition, Virginia ranks fourth from last in the average waiting time between termination of rights from original guardians and finalization of adoption. Virginia's average wait time of 20.9 months means that children who have lost their parents average more time in foster care than their peers in other states.

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