Our most recent federal reports show that approximately 400,000 bambini are being cared for in the U.S. foster care system with 120,000 of them having had parental rights terminated. And those numbers are only climbing.
According to a joint report released this summer by the Centers for Disease Control (Centro per la prevenzione e il controllo delle malattie), our understanding of the COVID-19 impact across the globe has only begun – “con più di 1.5 million children experiencing the death of a parent or grandparent caregiver who lived in their homes and helped care for them.”
The landscape of adoption, pure, has dramatically changed over the past 20 years with the total number of intercountry adoptions declining by 87%. And while adoptions continue to be on the decline – only further complicated by the COVID-19 pandemic—the cost associated with adoption continues to rise. Oggi, we estimate the cost of domestic and intercountry adoptions to range between $ 25,000 e $ 50,000. That is simply outside the reach for most families.
Also staggering is the number of children who have been orphaned with mild to acute health care needs, requiring access to medical or therapeutic intervention. According to a leading adoption agency, 68% of the intercountry adoptions they processed in 2019 involved children with special needs.
Certainly, the needs of children impacted by adoption and/or foster care are, in molti casi, complex and unique. These children have often experienced early attachment injuries related to loss, abuso, trauma and/or neglect. And traditional parenting methods and models can fall short in providing the love, care and healing vulnerable children so desperately need.