There are 123,000 children in foster care waiting to be adopted, according to the latest U.S. government statistics. The length of time that kids are spending in state custody is growing—from an average of 12.2 months in 2006 to 14.3 months in 2017. Thirteen percent of children in foster care have been in the system for more than three years. In the richest (and arguably the most generous) nation on earth, the question is: Why?
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