|This is me learning to walk in my foster home |
which became my adoptive home (in 1958)
"Common questions about adoption tend to be along the lines of considerations, like how long it takes (four months on the average), whether a family can adoption more than one child at a time (yes), and whether an agency will help if problems arise with the adoption (yes). A FAQ (frequently asked questions) checklist is available at www.co.ramsey.mn.us.
...In Ramsey County, where Black youth are 20 percent of the child population, they make up 54 percent of the those in out-of-home placement. This is compared to 13 percent Hispanic, eight percent Native American, four percent Asian American and 33 percent White. The consequence is of no small impact....
...In addition, of course, to safeguarding youngsters in the community, there are other benefits. Such as voluntary, employer-funded policies for workers who adopt; financial reimbursement for adoption expenses ($500 to $25,000 per adoption, the average policy offering a maximum of $5,000); paid leave (employers provide one to 18 weeks, the average time being six weeks); and unpaid leave in addition to FMLA ranging from a week to a year (the Family Leave and Medical Act requires companies of 50 or more employees and all public agencies to grant 12 weeks of unpaid adoption leave)."
Sadly Minnesota has sealed its records and I am unable to access my adoption file and original birth certificate...and they continue to push closed adoptions... I never want a child to be without a home...but we adoptees need to connect with our birthfamilies on a constant basis... Trace