It's not unusual for me to spend an evening looking through the profiles of children in foster care who are awaiting adoption. At adoptuskids.org you can search through photos and short bios of children, usually ranging in age from seven to teens. This time I was struck by the faces I know -- because I remember them from the last time I flipped through this page, many months ago.
Kids my children's ages and older; you can imagine how they've waited and waited for a forever family. I am still learning about foster care services in the US, but I have reason to hope that they have evolved in some beneficial ways -- such as in ease of adoption, continuing support for families, and allowing children to stay long enough to bond with their foster family. Still, I look at the faces and wonder.