An Adoption Awareness Month celebration will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Monday at the county’s newly opened adoptions office, 121 N. Lake St.
Today, more than 100,000 children in the U.S. foster care system are available for adoption, according to information from the adoptions office.
That includes 37 children in Madera County who are growing up without permanent families of their own. They entered foster care through no fault of their own, as victims of child abuse, neglect or abandonment, and their parents’ legal rights have been terminated, a statement from the county said.
Each year, tens of thousands of children turn 18 or 21 and leave the system without families, according to the statement. The typical child who has been freed for adoption is 8 years old, moves three or more times in foster care, may have been separated from siblings, and will wait five years or more to be adopted...