"Oh, age 12? I'm not sure I can handle an 'almost teenager'." As the Outreach Specialist for Project Wait No Longer, the older child adoption program at Barker that focuses on placing kids 12 and older out of foster care with adoptive families, I hear this concern often from prospective parents. With the average age of children in foster care being 10, the reality is that we have more tweens and teens waiting in care who need families more than ever. So what does parenting a tween or teen actually entail?