By Hubble Ray Smith | Special to The Daily Courier
Children are placed in foster homes for a lot of reasons — abuse, neglect, parents in prison — and nearly 17,000 Arizona kids are currently in foster care.
Most of them land there through no fault of their own. Their greatest hope is that some caring family will not only welcome them into their home, but into their fold.
Roughly 4,700 children in Arizona are waiting for adoption, according to the Arizona Department of Child Safety (DCS).
There’s always a need for more foster and adoptive families, he said.
The adoption process can take as little as six months after the child is “legally free” for adoption, which means the child’s birth parents have had their parental rights terminated.