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SISTERS Salena and Breyanna are all smiles.
Sisters Awaiting Adoption
Each year thousands of children are adopted through adoption agencies
By Cheryl Tillman Lee
Requirements for adoption vary from state to state. Shown are two sisters who love life to its fullest and are looking to be adopted by a loving and caring family that would like an addition to their family.
Here are a set of sisters who are warm and friendly and would fit into a loving family.
Salena, born in 1995, is cute, bubbly and bursting with personality.
Salena relates well to adults as well as to her peers. She is friendly and personable, and always has a huge smile on her face. Salena enjoys arts and crafts and spending time with her friends.
Breyanna, born in 2002, has the same infectious smile as her sister and a similar bright personality. Breyanna is outgoing and very sociable. She enjoys playing with her dolls.
In addition, she enjoys staying busy by taking such lessons as piano and ballet. Children in foster care live with relatives or foster parents. They are removed from their families due to neglect - such as not providing enough food for a child or leaving a child who is unable to care for himself alone and/or physical, or emotional abuse, etc.
Foster Care Statistics
Currently, there are approximately 513,000 children in foster care in the United States. It's estimated that 114,000 are eligible for adoption.
In 2005, about 51,000 children were adopted from foster care.
Sixty eight percent of parents who adopt from foster care are married couples, 27 percent are single females, two percent are unmarried couples, and three percent are single males.
The median age of child in foster care: 10.6 years.
Race/ethnicity of children in foster care: 41 percent Caucasian, 32 percent African American, 18 percent hispanic, one percent asian; 8 percent other.
The average child in foster care goes through three different placements and stays in the system for nearly 29 months.
Statistics show 129,000 children in the U.S. foster care system are waiting for permanent, loving families.
While adoption of all kinds is celebrated, the national focus is on foster care and the 513,000 kids currently in the system -- many of them are waiting for loving families.
Each November the country joins in for National Adoption Month. It is a month-long campaign to create awareness of adoption issues, including a festive National Adoption Day, when more than 300 events are held at courtrooms throughout the country to finalize adoptions.
If you're interested in learning how you can adopt Salena and Breyanna, please contact the Department of Children and Family Services. For more information, ask for Ashlyn Cherry at (323) 381-4588.