Commentary: Fostering an Older Child

In the past few weeks I have come across many people, friends and strangers who are adopted.  Most recently I am moved by conversations with friends who have graduated the foster care system.  What's different is that instead of words on a page these are first-hand accounts of friends and peers.  They all tell me the same exact thing.  They were abused and broken as children, lived in multiple foster homes, acted out and all the while desperately wanted to be loved and feel a sense of belonging to a family.  They all urged that I consider older children and asked that I pay attention to this specific need in our country.  Their lives were saved by someone who adopted them over the age of 7...


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