According to childwelfare.gov, a 2012 study found that 10 to 25% of adoptions fail. Adoptions of teens fall in the higher range of that percentage. A 2010 study of U.S. adoption practices conducted by the University of Minnesota and Hennepin County, Minn., found that between 6 percent and 11 percent of all adoptions are disrupted before they are finalized. For children older than 3, disruption rates range between 10 percent to 16 percent; for teens, it may be as high as 24 percent, or one in four adoptions.
Camelot Community Care, with support from FMC Foundation of Caring, is developing a therapeutic, competency focused, family centric adoption support program to be piloted in Hillsborough County Florida. Camelot Community Care’s mission is to develop and provide services which enable children and families to realize their full potential.
Adoption changes family dynamics in ways that from the outside are often hard to understand. Thousands of children find their forever families through adoption. They find stability and unconditional love that they never knew existed and certainly did not realize they needed. Adoptive parents find a love that they never thought possible for a child not biologically their own.
But what happens when these same parents realize that this child whom they deeply love has emotional needs that they have no idea how to deal with? What happens with these children who, because of their past hurts, need more than unconditional love and stability? What happens when these families fall apart?
A community task force has been created to secure funds and work to develop adoption support services. Please contact the FMC Foundation of Caring office to learn more: Foundation@FloridaMedicalClinic.org or 813-406-4499.Become a part of the blessing for thousands in Hillsborough and Pasco Counties by joining with the FMC Foundation of Caring. To subscribe, click the link below and fill out the simple form. Thanks! Subscribe | FMC Foundation of Caring