In Colorado, it costs about $20,000 for the state to care for a child. Adoption agencies can place the child in a permanent home for a fraction of that cost, at great benefit to both child and adoptive parents.
Emma is one preschooler who's definitely benefiting from the love and guidance of adoptive parents. ... She was born drug positive and suffered neglect as an infant. "She couldn't hold herself up. She couldn't hold anything in her hand. She had no cognitive skills ... just kind of laid there in her own little world," [Emma's adoptive mother] explained.
Emma's adoptive parents, Liz and Mike, learned how to draw her out so that she would engage with them and others. She's now an active toddler whose abilities surpass her age, they said.Source: CBS Channel 4 (Denver, Colorado)
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