When children cannot return home to their families, adoption service providers must move quickly to find them alternative homes. As time goes by, the prospects for landing in safe, loving, permanent homes grow dimmer for older youth. Many will reach the age (determined by their country of birth) where they are no longer eligible for adoption. They will age-out of the system without a family and without the skills to make it on their own.
Children who are approaching the age where they will no longer be eligible to be placed into a family are classified as Ageing Out, and are in great need of a family!