by Naomi Schaefer Riley
February 03, 2014
Every two minutes, another child enters foster care in America. Four hundred thousand children live in these temporary homes in the U.S. today, a quarter of them permanently separated from their biological families and available to be adopted. The lucky ones wait an average of more than three years, and many never find permanent families at all. The New York Times recently described a child who bounced through more than 40 different homes since she entered the New York City foster system at age 12. Yet, churches and donors are lifting thousands of children out of the foster-care bureaucracy. Naomi Schaefer Riley examines organizations, such as FaithBridge and Project 1.27, that seek to encourage long-term adoptions and faith-based community bonds for foster children.