Finding an Adoptive Family on the Eve of Adulthood

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Robert Jackson-Wright

Robert Jackson-Wright, 29, was 14 when he met Chester and Karen Jackson. His adoption by the Jacksons wasn't finalized until he was 18. Anne Hawke, NPR hide caption

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Roughly 50,000 children are adopted out of foster care each year. One in five of those is a teen. Another 20,000 teens "age out" of the system, leaving without finding a permanent adoptive family. NPR's Anne Hawke tells the story of Robert Jackson-Wright, who met his adoptive family on the eve of adulthood.

Foster Care Adoption Resources

This D.C.-based agency focuses on adoptions of older African American kids.

General information on adoption and foster care from the Department of Health and Human Services.



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