As a foster parent, I’ve been able to play a role in several adoptions, and I’ve had many eye-openers along the way. There tends to be many misconceptions about adoption, which prevent children from finding their forever families. No longer is there that historic scenario of the unmarried teenager giving away their baby—it is no longer frowned upon to have a child out of wedlock—nowadays, when kids are available for adoption, it’s not usually due to the unwed state or age of the mother, but due to addictions, mental health issues, or issues affecting their ability to parent.
Here are 5 common misconceptions about foster care adoption and the reality behind each one. Maybe dispelling the myths will make a difference and help a child find a forever family.