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American Man Gains Custody of Five Siblings Through Adoption After Fostering 30 Kids

Adoption can be a precarious undertaking for both the watchman and wards. It expects time to trust, to bond and for regard.

Yet, that is something Lamont Thomas from New York has no apprehensions about. Thomas, a single parent himself has cultivated 30 youngsters effectively further embracing about 12 others reports the wgrz.com.

In his ongoing accomplishment, he urged the court to concede him guardianship of five kin as opposed to give them out to various couples or people. However, it wasn’t a simple commitment.

“I fought for close to two and a half years just to be able to get them together, and we won, we got it,” Thomas said, adding: “I wanted to be the difference, make a difference by being a difference for these youth.”

 

It’s unclear why the parents of the children all below five gave them up for adoption but it was all joy on Thursday when Judge Lisa Rodwin declared the adoption process complete for Mr. Thomas to have custody of the children.

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About 135,000 children are adopted in the United States each year. Of non-stepparent adoptions, about 59 percent are from the child welfare (or foster) system, 26 percent are from other countries, and 15 percent are voluntarily relinquished American babies.

In 2014, 50,644 foster kids were adopted — a number that has stayed roughly consistent for the past five years. The average age of a waiting child is 7.7 years old and 29% of them will spend at least three years in foster care.

Meanwhile, there are about 108,000 children available for adoption in the U.S. as of July 2015, according to the National Council of Adoption. African-American children are over-represented — they make up about 24 percent of the children waiting for adoption. (The African-American population in the U.S. is 13 percent).

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