There are currently over 500,000 children in foster care who are waiting to be adopted. The average age of a child in foster care is seven and a half years old. Many children will spend two to six years in foster care before being adopted. It is common to “age out” of the foster care system without having a permanent family to call their own. Foster care is a very rewarding and affordable way become parents. There are many opportunities to adopt a child from the foster care system in the United States.