Online speed dating for kids
I stood next to a tree and did my best to appear good.
For a while no one approached me, and I watched other kids attempt to entice the Adopters with strong throws or pretty smiles.
They do, but few states actually track the numbers, and where it has been tracked, the numbers are limited.
In Massachusetts, according to Carol Yelverton, the public affairs director for the Department of Social Services, adoption fairs count for only 10 percent of her state’s adoptions.
Potential adoptees often engage in their own pursuit of love, a speed dating of sorts called adoption fairs. Children available for adoption are brought together in a party-like atmosphere to mingle with would-be parents.
But as is the case in any relationship, love is not enough, and many of these same people are wholly unprepared for the realities of the match they will be making at adoption fairs.
I was a child, but I had already had a whole history – one that didn’t square with their expectations for a cute young girl, but was more akin to a distrustful, jaded old maid.
It was a choice for me that resulted in some very difficult years until I turned 18 and moved out.
Approximately 120,000 children in the US are adopted each year.
Proponents of adoption fairs will argue that the fairs lead to adoptions.
It was pretty clear early on that things weren’t going well. But much like when you move in with a boyfriend, breaking up becomes harder to do.