Waiting Children Law and Legal Definition
Waiting Children is a term which generally refers to non-infant, school age children, who have become legally available for adoption. They will generally be under the legal jurisdiction and care of public foster care agencies, and will have come into the foster care system for a variety of reasons, which could include neglect, abandonment, abuse and/or some other dysfunction within their family environment.
Many waiting children will have siblings who are also available for adoption, and who would prefer to stay together as a family unit. In most geographic locations, more than half of the waiting children will be ethnically diverse or will be children of color.
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Related Legal Terms
- Administration for Children and Families
- Administration on Children, Youth, and Families
- Aid to Families With Dependent Children AFDC
- Centre for Children and Families in the Justice System
- Children and Youth Exposed to Violence Grant Program [Department of Justice]
- Children from Families with Incomes below the Poverty Line [Education]
- Children of All Nations [CAN]
- Children with Disabilities
- Children with Severe Disabilities