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More Americans are considering adopting foster children

New attitudes towards foster care (Source: WOIO) New attitudes towards foster care (Source: WOIO)
CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) -

A new survey is reflecting a change in attitudes across the country when it comes to adopting children in foster care.

There are currently more than 110,000 children in foster care in the United States. Unfortunately, more than 20,000 children grow out of foster care each year without a family, which puts those individuals at risk for negative results, such as homelessness and unemployment.  

The national survey, which was conducted by Nielson on behalf of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, shows that 25 percent of people in the United States who have not adopted have considered the option at some point in the past. Of those individuals, approximately 80 percent have considered adopting out of foster care. That trend is up 7 percent from 2012 and is at an all-time high.

The survey also found that approximately 80 percent of Americans know that many children are in foster care because of abuse or neglect from past families

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