Buffalo, NY, March 14, 2019 --(PR.com
)-- More Than 1,000 Children Found Forever Families Through Adoption STAR
Adoption STAR, a New York State Authorized, Florida and Ohio Licensed, Non-Profit Adoption Agency just released their 2018 statistics after conducting an internal study that included investigating numbers of placements and the average waiting time for child placement. Michele Fried, founder and CEO of the agency states, “Adoption STAR prides itself on being open and honest in sharing statistics regarding placements of children. We have been unable to identify another agency that will break down their statistics as we do.”
2018 represented the nineteenth year of operation for Adoption STAR. 62 children found homes with Adoption STAR families, an increase from 57 the year before. 48% of the babies were born at-risk for special needs, “this means they were born to a birth mother using or abusing drugs or alcohol, and possibly mental health concerns in their background,” reported Fried. Fried noted that this is a significant increase of referrals of children who would have typically gone into foster care are now being offered the option of adoption sooner. “Providing a newborn with consistent, stable and loving home is the first step in helping a child to reach their full potential,” explains Rachael Metz, one of the licensed social workers and family advocates at the agency.
39% of the adoptions at Adoption STAR were considered open adoption (of this percentage, 8% shared identifying information with each other); 40% were considered semi-open adoptions and 21% were considered closed adoptions. The agency provides prospective adoptive parents with a series of educational classes and open adoption is one of many topic explored.
While the agency will not promise a definitive time frame for adopting the average wait time to adopt a baby (domestically – after home study completion) with Adoption STAR was determined to be on average 10 months, while older child adoptive parents wait approximately 7.5 months. LGBTQIA+ couples have seen a waiting time of approximately 9 months.
Adoption STAR was authorized in the year 2000 and by the end of December 2018, 1045 adoptions occurred.
“More than 150 families returned to Adoption STAR to adopt a second, third or even forth child,” reported Fried. “I am amazed by the incredible growth we have seen over the years.”
For more information on the agency’s statistics as well Adoption STAR and their services, visit them at https://adoptionstar.com/ or contact them at 716-639-3900.
Contact: Michele Fried, Founder and CEO, Adoption STAR,
Michele@adoptionstar.com, 716-639-3900 Office, 716-998-4663 Cell