Advocates for kids are trying to persuade more families to adopt teenagers. If teenagers in foster care don't find permanent families, they face a grim future. They "age out" of foster care, usually when they turn 18 years old, and many wind up on the streets. Every year, more than 24,000 American young people age out of foster care.
Listen to the radio documentary or read the transcript.
Join the online discussion about teen adoption with Michelle Chalmers, head of The Homecoming Project.
Adoption recruiter Jen Braun always cared about finding homes for teenagers, but now it's personal.
Statistics about Adoption and Foster Care
The numbers show that more foster children are getting adopted, but most of them are younger kids. Teenagers are still unlikely to find permanent homes.
How Much to Tell?
Producer Catherine Winter found that making Wanted: Parents raised some difficult questions about how much of a teenager's life belongs in a documentary.
Other documentaries from American RadioWorks:
Finding Home: Fifty Years of International Adoption
A Burden to be Well: Sisters and Brothers of the Mentally Ill
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