It’s always very important to honor, unite, and celebrate families who are providing foster care to children and youth in need.
“On any given day, there are approximately 415,000 children in foster care in the United States. In 2014, over 650,000 children spent time in U.S foster care. On average, children remain in state care for nearly two years and seven parents of children in foster care have languished there for five or more years. In 2014, more than 22,000 young people aged out of foster care without permanent families. Research has shown that those who leave care without being linked to forever families have a higher likelihood than youth in the general population to experience homelessness, unemployment and incarceration as adults. -Childrensrights.org”
There are many children who are in foster care and are in need of a forever family. Just in Michigan there is approximately 14,000 children in general foster care. Approximately 3,000 of those children will become legally free for adoption.
Resources for Foster Parenting
Resource Families Partnering with Birth Families
Completing the Circle: Uncovering, Discovering & Creating Connections for Your Foster and Adoptive Children
The Foster Parenting Manual: A Practical Guide to Creating a Loving, Safe, and Stable Home, and
NFPA-The National Voice of Foster Parents
Even if you are unable to foster at this time there are still ways that you can play a huge part in enhancing the lives of children and youth that are currently in foster care including: becoming a mentor, volunteering (Big Brothers Big Sisters), conducting a clothing drive, providing placement bags for children in foster care, or becoming a CASA (Court Appointment Special Advocate).
If you are interested in foster care or adoption contact Hands Across The Water by calling 734-477-0135 oremailing at firstname.lastname@example.org.