San Antonio-area children need ‘forever families’

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Baptist Child & Family Services is seeking Christian families in San Antonio to adopt and foster children in need.

In 2007 in Bexar County, there were more than 5,000 children in foster care, emergency shelters and group homes. Of those, there were about 800 children available for adoption. 

More than 500 children in Bexar County are waiting to be welcomed into a permanent home by Christian families in San Antonio. BCFS Photo

Baptist Child & Family Services wants to involve the more than 1,000 churches in San Antonio in providing Christian homes for children in need.

“Christians should be the first to reach out to hurting and abandoned children in our community. As Christians, we are often known for what we are against, but the world does not know what we are for,” said Deborah Wilson, BCFS recruitment & support specialist of adoption and foster care.

In 2007, the Bexar County Department of Family and Protective Services confirmed 6,700 children were victims of abuse, and more than 1,000 were removed from their homes in one year. Nearly 4,000 ended up in foster care, almost 2,000 entered substitute care and 900 became available for adoption.

Nationally, on any given day, there are more than 500,000 children in the United State foster-care system, and 129,000 are available for adoption. In 2006, 79,000 children had parental rights terminated by the courts, and only 51,000 were adopted. 

A child in foster care often waits up to five years to be adopted, and the average age of the child is eight years old. Each year, 20 percent of children—26,517 in 2006—exit foster care at age 18 without an adoptive family. 

According to the National Adoption Attitudes Survey, nearly 40 percent of American adults, or 81.5 million people, have considered adopting a child. 

If just one in 500 of these adults adopted, every waiting child in foster care would have a permanent family, BCFS officials noted.

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For more information about adoption or foster care, call Deborah Wilson at (210) 208-5631.

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