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Who is a "waiting child?"
A waiting child is a child who is paperwork ready, but has no family matched already. Waiting children may be older, be a member of a sibling group, or have special needs.
What does "special needs" mean?
Our waiting children have a wide range of concerns which often causes them to be harder to place than other children. Some special needs may be correctable with a surgery while others may require more long-term care. There exists no single definition or way to quantify "special needs."
How does Dillon protect the privacy of waiting children listed on their photolisting?
Even though each child has a given birth name, case numbers are assigned to each child in order to maintain the child's privacy. A child’s unique case number is made up of a combination of alpha and numeric characters. We strive to be careful regarding the information that is posted about each child. We not only want to protect their privacy, but also provide families with enough information to make an informed decision on whether they could potentially parent a specific child. As an additional safeguard, we require prospective families to complete an online screening form in order to view the photolisting of current waiting children.
Who would make a good family for a waiting child?
In considering the adoption of a child who is waiting, families must make several considerations:
- Families need to look at their own family dynamics and their preparedness to care for a child who has special needs
- Geographic location and resources such as special medical centers may be a factor
- Flexibility and patience to care for a child who may have life-long problems
- Health insurance and benefits that may be needed by a special needs child
Who can adopt a waiting child?
The general requirements for a specific country's adoption program usually apply for waiting children. At times exceptions to some requirements may be made for a waiting child.
Are fees different for a waiting child?
The fees for the adoption of a waiting child are the same as any other child's adoption. However, special consideration will be given to families adopting a waiting child in the application process for our Building Families Fund grant. Several other grant programs are designed especially to assist in the adoption of waiting children.
I am interested in a specific child on Dillon’s photolisting of current waiting children. How do I request more information?
At the top of each child’s information, there is an assigned Dillon case number used to identify that child when requesting more information. Even though each child has a given birth name, case numbers are used in order to maintain the child's privacy. Contact our Waiting Child Coordinator to request more information on a specific child.
How do I view the waiting children on Dillon’s photolisting page?
Click on the button “View Current Waiting Children” and complete the online screening form to be able to view Dillon’s waiting child photolisting. After completing the screening form, you will receive a link to view current waiting children plus login/password information to view the page.