California has the largest number of children needing intervention from the foster care system. 52% of these children are reunified with their parents, 11% are sent to live with a relative or guardian and nearly 15% age out of the system. Foster families offer the support and stability a child needs in the time of uncertainty and transition.
Less than 25% of children entering the foster care system will be in need of an adoptive home. When adoption by relatives have been ruled out, the child’s foster family will have the opportunity to provide permanency through adoption.
FOSTER TO ADOPT
There is a large population of pre-adolescents & adolescents needing adoptive and foster families. These children desire a family and hope to become a part of a family before they become of legal age. Every year nearly 15% of teenagers in foster care “age out” of care, left to navigate early adulthood without the support, guidance or love of a stable family.
Foster parents come in many sizes and shapes. You may be single or married, rent or own your home, be with or without children. Most importantly, foster parents must possess commitment, a sense of humor, acceptance and adaptability. Nightlight’s most basic requirement is that you reside within a 50-mile radius of our licensed office located in Santa Ana, CA. If you reside outside of this radius, we’ll be more than happy to connect you to a reputable foster care agency in your area.
Our child welfare system depends on people like you stepping up to provide safe and loving homes for children in need. Let Nightlight be your guiding partner in your foster care and adoption journey.
The positive impact a foster parent has on a child’s life, whether for a few weeks or forever, contributes to that child’s future success.
Have you considered fostering a child but are fearful? Allow Nightlight to answer your questions and help you find empowerment, support and joy in your foster care journey.
“Let’s not talk about what it will cost US if we do foster care without also considering what it will cost these KIDS if we don’t.
Every child deserves a foster parent whose heart will break when they leave.”
Jason Johnson, author of Re-framing Foster Care