Does my adoption make me an anomaly? How many Black foster kids actually get adopted? According to https://adoptionnetwork.com/adoption-statistics there are 428,000 children in foster care and only 135,00 being adopted each year. How many of those 135,000 are Black or African American? "Among these children males outnumber females, African American children are disproportionately represented and over half are 6 years old or older". What happens to the children that are never adopted? Based on what was expected of me growing up, not much that is good. Most foster children that never get adopted are homeless because their foster parents put them out on their 18th birthday, parent earlier than they are ready, are so angry, depressed, and desperate for survival end up in and out of jail or mental health facilities.
The fact that I was actually adopted makes me an anomaly. One of the lucky ones.
I was a miracle baby. I was born with airways that were too small and paralyzed vocal cords. I had no sound.