I watched this video recently, and as heartbreaking as it is, it offers a very accurate depiction of the issue of children languishing in foster care. This video is from the UK, but is reflective of the same issue children in foster care face here in Canada, as well as the US. There are a myriad of components contributing to why children stay so long in care, but in this video, we see two of the main reasons; waiting for children to be emancipated from their birth parents and become legally available for adoption, and the challenge of social workers to find homes for older children and siblings.
The hardest part of watching this, is probably the realization, that these beautiful little souls are three cases of thousands in just their country alone. If you’re considering adoption, perhaps you could also consider being the happy ending to a story like these.