Teenagers in foster care have a say in whether adoption will be their goal. Some teens choose to “age out,” aka stay in foster care until they turn 18 and then live on their own. Why would a young person stop searching for a permanent family?
- I was scared
- My older brother didn’t want me to leave him behind in foster care
- It was too permanent
- I thought that since I had been with the same foster family for a while that I didn’t need a permanent family
What did these young people discover as they got older? That family matters at any age. To have people who love you, who support you, and who can be relied upon – no one ever outgrows that need.
Check out this video “Youth Voices: Life After Foster Care” from the Dave Thomas Foundation that aims to educate teens in foster care about why they should take a risk and say yes to seeking an adoptive family.