For families who want to adopt without fostering other children, adopting a waiting child is probably the best option. When a waiting child is placed with a family, the plan is for that family to adopt the placed child.
Waiting children are usually seven years of age or older. Most have been in foster care for more than a year and it has been determined that they will not be able to return home. The court process of severing the rights of their biological parents has already taken place. Because the biological parents no longer have legal rights to them, these children are also sometimes referred to as being “legally free”.
To browse the stories of legally free children currently waiting to be adopted, please visit The Adoption Exchange.