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Adoption Awareness Week

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

For children in foster care, it's one of the most important weeks of the year.

Adoption Awareness Week starts tomorrow and foster care workers across the country are hoping the attention helps find homes for some of the 500,000 children in the system.

Experts say the need has rarely been greater, as the number of foster families has dropped in the past decade. And a newly released study shows that many potential families simply may not have the right information.

The Urban Institute looked at foster care in every state and found that many families think adoption will cost more than it actually does. In fact, foster care pays for the adoption itself and many foster children have stipends that carry with them once they are adopted.

In addition to Adoption Week, Saturday is designated National Adoption Day.


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