Reports of failed foster adoptions, cries for more services

Aug 23, 2011

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Child advocates are pushing for help for families adopting older foster children and those with serious behavioral and mental health issues.

Most states focus money on recruiting parents, but once a child is adopted, few funds are directed to supporting the new families.  Ohio's program offers adoptive parents up to $10,000 for services -- a drop from $20,000.

President Rita Soronen of The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption in suburban Columbus says kids are placed in adoptive homes and then the parents aren't supported or trained.  She says families are sometimes set up to fail.

Her nonprofit group estimates more than 20 percent of the nearly 6,300 foster children it has served came from a failed adoption.