U.S. News & World Report shows that as many as 200,000 American kids languish in foster care, waiting to be adopted. But the barriers to public adoption are so great that even a president's vow and a new law will not be enough to find them homes. In most states, adoption has not been the top priority of public child welfare agencies. Instead, for more than 30 years the focus has been on preserving troubled birth families and addressing the needs of a burgeoning foster care population. When it comes to the needs of children, these agencies have tended to give issues of race and kinship precedence over placing kids in adoptive homes.
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