A couple friends and family members...and even some strangers have asked us why we don't just adopt through foster care. The long, complicated legal and practical answer to that usually causes eyes to gloss over...so I'll just say this: frequent military moves make it legally difficult. Maybe someday we can adopt through foster care, but for right now it isn't an option for us.
But if you are a family who is going to stay put for the next few years foster care just might be an option for you! On September 30, 2008, there were an estimated 463,000 children in foster care. (statistic here). There are kids of all ages, and they run the whole spectrum of physical and emotional wellness...but they all of them need homes. Adopting from the Foster Care system doesn't cost nearly what an agency adoption does and the state helps you out with some of the legal expenses.
Do you think you might have room in your family for one (or two, or three...) more? You can view pictures of waiting children HERE. Also, Mrs R (who has a fabulous blog) has a post called Matching Mondays. She posts pics and short descriptions of children who need homes. You can find her Matching Mondays posts HERE.