"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? What do behaviors of these kids actually look like? A series of new studies have assessed adolescents longitudinally, giving scientists the ability to breakdown the needs of kids in each age group and what they need from their parents.The Wall Street Journal released a video and article highlighting the findings of these studies along with practical guidelines for parents of adolescents. While these studies don't specifically follow kids in foster care, it's a good look into how adolescents act - whether they've been in foster care or not. See the video and read the article below.