Children in the U.S. Foster Care System

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Bruce Maag serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the International Phoenix Group (IPG) in Delphos, Ohio, an organization focused on North American youth with severe emotional issues. Bruce Maag dedicates his time and resources to advocating for underserved youth, some of whom are a part of the foster care system.

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families, there are over 100,000 children waiting to be adopted and over 400,000 in the foster care system. On average, children will spend two years in foster care. Many of these children don’t fully recall or understand what happened to their biological parents. However, the majority desperately want to be a part of a home and adopted by a loving family.

Likewise, families who support these children almost always do it out of a place of love and kindness. Yet many foster children will require time for adjustment and will need to go through an emotional healing process. Getting to a place of mutual trust can be a trying task for foster children and parents. Additionally, the adoption process itself is a long and formal one, which can be exhausting and disappointing if the adoption is not approved. However, there are organizations that can support both parents and children through the adoption.

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