typically 16-17 y.o
|Goal||Reunification with birth parents, unless parental rights have been terminated.||Independent
living once they age out of the system at the age of 21 y.o
|Parental Visits||If parental rights have not been terminated,|
the frequency of the required visits depends on the child's age.
|No parental visits. Birth parents are either deceased or "missing" outside of the U.S.
|Adoption Eligibility||If parental rights have been terminated by a court, the child becomes eligible for adoption.||Not eligible for adoption, because birth parents rights were never terminated.
|Place of Origin||Anywhere in the U.S.||Prior to coming to the U.S,
refugee foster children live in refugee camps all around the world.
They are only brought to the US once they have matched with a licensed family.
Most Muslim refugee foster kids,
are currently coming from Africa and the Far East.
None are coming from the Middle East at this time.
|Trauma Experienced||Varies greatly. Physical abuse, emotional abuse, neglect,|
removal from family.
|Same as domestic, as well as new country,
likely to have experienced exposure to war.
|Schooling||Likely to have experienced interrupted schooling.||Likely to have missed many years of formal schooling.
|Licensing Procedure||3-6 months starting with an orientation.||Same as domestic, plus minor additional steps, such as TB screening for the foster parents.
|Travel||Cannot travel outside the state of residence without the consent of birth parents.||Cannot travel outside the state of residence without the permission of the court.