Most children waiting to be adopted are school-aged
or brothers and sisters who need to stay together. Many have emotional
disabilities; others have physical, mental or developmental disabilities. More
than half of the children come from minority cultures.
Most children waiting for adoption live in foster or group homes because their
parents were unable to care for them. Often, personal and family problems made
it impossible for the parents to maintain a home for their children. Some of
these children have been abused, neglected or abandoned. All need the love of a
Caucasian children under five years old may have severe medical disabilities or
have older brothers and sisters. African American children, Latino children,
and children of mixed heritage cover a wider age range and include healthy
infants. The majority are boys.