From Foster Care To Adoption: How New Laws Are Helping Kids Find Stable Homes.
Of the 64,000 children in the foster care system in California, less than three percent are in the adoption phase. This year, the system is undergoing changes that may help more kids find a stable home life.
Benaiah Stoops, 7, and his little brother Salem, 5, live in El Dorado County. They hang out with the chickens, watch Super Why, and await the arrival of their parents' first foster child.
When Benaiah is asked if he wants a little brother or sister, he responds with, "sister."
"Because I already have a brother," he says.
Benaiah and Salem's parents, Janae and Ben, thought they would have to spend tens of thousands of dollars to adopt overseas before they discovered a foster-to-adoption program in their county costs only $145.
"All of a sudden, adoption became… a possibility," says Ben.
They went to an orientation and began taking classes. Nine months later, Ben says they think they are prepared for a foster child.
"Every child who comes in through the foster system, they've all lost something, whether it's a background, whether it's a history, whether it's more physical or verbal abuse that's been in their life and anticipating that," he says. "It can be something that's overwhelming or you can look back to the original purpose of why you wanted to adopt in the first place and realize that this fits well. This is why I'm doing this."