Korie Robertson, star of Duck Dynasty, used her Instagram platform to help advocate the importance of adoption.
Korie and Willie Robertson adopted their sons Will and Rowdy. Rebecca is their foster daughter but also continues to be very close to the family.
Meet The Robertsons
“We are always open to adoption … We feel like adoption has blessed our family in so many ways. And we are so thankful for our kids both biological and adopted. So ‘never say never.’ That’s for sure,” said Korie Robertson at an Angels in Adoption event back in 2015.
Robertson reminds people in her post not only of the significance of adoption, but also that it may not be as pricey as some people think.
“Also, a reminder that adopting from foster care is totally free and there are many kids in the foster care system waiting for forever families,” Robertson wrote.
Foster Care in America
Adopt Us Kids confirms that there are few to no fees for adopting a child in foster care. However, when working with a private agency it can become more costly. In order to adopt a baby or to adopt from another country, this can sometimes cost from $5,000 to $40,000.
“Adoption assistance exists to remove the financial and other barriers that may prevent a family from adopting from foster care and ensure that a child’s special needs are met until she legally becomes an adult, between the ages of 18 and 21,” according to Adopt Us Kids, a national project working to ensure that children and teens in foster care get forever families.
Adopting through the foster system is a way of helping children and teens who have suffered severe obstacles like abuse, neglect and abandonment.
Robertson spent the day with Lifesong for Orphans. According to their website, this organization works “to mobilize the Church to care for the orphan, where each member can provide a unique and special service: some to adopt, some to care, some to give.”
According to iFoster, there is about 424,000 foster youth nationwide. Right now, the demand for foster parents is higher than the supply. The organization iFoster is a national non-profit. It seeks to make sure every child outside of their biological home has resources and opportunities for success.
With many children in the foster care system and not enough resources, it can lead to issues. This can include overpopulated group homes, a lack of reunification, and overall poor placement.
“Roughly 20,000 youth are forced to exit the system annually without having found a forever family, leaving them to fend for themselves,” according to iFoster.