What it is: Foster Care Placement is used as a temporary solution to protect children that are deemed to be in a dangerous environment.
What the problem is: The U.S. foster care system was designed to temporarily protect and nurture children whose parents are unable or unwilling to care for them, until those parents become stronger, healthier and are in a position to provide a safe & loving home for their children.
Sadly, too many children spend years in “the system,” moving to and from foster home, shelters, and residential programs, and, consequently, from one school district to another. They may never feel stabile or connected, lacking the family and community ties that are so critical to young adults learning to make their own way in the world.
Currently there are 428,000 children in the foster care system and many states do not meet the federal standards of keeping kids safe.
Alarming Statistics: Studies have shown that lack of bonding as an infant or child can cause lifelong emotional and psychological impact that is very difficult to overcome
3.3 million reports of violence against children.
A Child enters the foster care system every 2 minutes in the United States
32% of kids will wait 3 years before becoming adopted. 15,000 children will be waiting 5 or more years to be adopted.
24,000 age out of the foster care system annually without finding their Forever Family. They result in high rates of:
• PTSD (25%)
• Homelessness (20%)
• Long term unemployment (50%)
• Single parents at a young age (71% of young women) - and their children enter the system as well
• School Dropouts (<3% attend higher education)
What is our Solution: Since we are survivors of the system, we have firsthand experience and knowledge of what needs to be addressed in foster care programs:
• Insure quality caregivers by training families to help care for children who have trauma (above government standards)
• Our case workers are trauma care trained
• Providing children access to trauma therapists
• Personally vet all foster families to be long-term partners with our organization – often they too are survivors of the system
• Mentorship programs to help guide children to adulthood
• Leave a Light On Program – Focus on re-placing foster children with the same foster families to promote stability by providing extra support for member foster families
• Foster Family Networking
• Necessity Bags for late night relocations
• Respite Programs
• Financial Subsidies
• Foster Family Events