According to recent statistics, there are approximately 102,000 children in the foster care system in the United States who are available for adoption now. In addition to this, there are many children in foster care who may become available for adoption when legal proceedings have been completed.
There are a number of important advantages to choosing ADR over litigation. The primary reason why people do not chose ADR is simply a lack of knowledge of it. It is also true, however, that we live in a highly litigious culture, where fighting for one's own personal advantage is recommended and expected by many acquaintances of the parties to the conflict. It is difficult for any person to choose something which is not recommended by friends or family members.
While we have an excellent judicial system, it is over burdened by a high volume of cases, which often results in unreasonable delays. Also, the Rules of Evidence and the Rules of Procedure, as well as substantive law, have become increasingly complex. This can result in a high cost to the parties to the conflict which may be unaffordable for them.