Achieving Permanency Through Guardianship
“Waiting Children” is what the government calls children in foster care who are waiting to be adopted. There are over 100,000 waiting children in America. Most of these children are legal orphans. Their biological parents’ rights have been permanently terminated, but they have not been adopted nor has any other legally binding relationship with a family been established. Many are nearing adulthood, and will age out of the foster care system, moving into adult life with no parent to “pick them up” and help them on their way. There are too many waiting children, and they have been waiting for too long.