Funny thing, I’m not the only one who likes this concept! While I’m getting everything lined up with the agencies to start introductions next month, join me this February in reading this humorous and quick read!
Here’s the donation box and info board at FCC Edmond. It is beside the children’s library in the fellowship hall. Right now you can read about foster needs and the mission of small things|GREAT LOVE. Starting in March there will be info and a donation request for a local foster or supporting agency. If you are local, swing by and check it out!!
Foster care is just not your calling right now, but you still feel this desire to help, to serve, to support both the families and the children in the foster care system. There are a ton of agencies and groups that you can volunteer with and donate to, so how do you know what their needs are? Where’s the best place to start?? START HERE!
Want to know some stats? It's not pretty
Statistically around 50% of foster parents will not be fostering a year later. The simple reason why—it’s too hard.
Of the number of kids in state custody, between 55-65 percent coming into foster care are placed with their extended family and friends. The remaining percentage of children need recruited foster homes or higher levels of care like group homes or in-patient treatment.
There are more than 350 children on any given day who are legally free and waiting for adoptive families. More than 1,000 children in state custody have a goal of adoption.
More than 60 percent of children in foster care are under the age of 12 and most have brothers and sisters also in care.
The majority of children adopted each year are adopted by their foster families.
When children grow up without a safe, loving home there are dire long-term consequences:
Children may not be able to learn at the same rate as their peers and they may struggle with emotional difficulties.
Children can suffer from long-term health problems, and even death.
Children who are shuffled between foster homes are more likely to fail classes and fall behind in their learning and socialization.
Few foster children receive normal physical examinations and are the most vulnerable to experiencing poor health compared with any other group of children in the United States.
For foster children who never find a permanent home and simply age out of the foster care system, the consequences are significant and long-term: only 50% will complete high school, 25% will be homeless, 40% will depend on some form of public assistance, and 27% of males and 10% of females will be incarcerated at least once.