We are honored that you join us every month to pray specifically for various topics related to foster care! Your prayers are invaluable to us–thank you so much for bringing the needs of TFI and the foster care system in general to our Omniscient, Omnipresent and Outrageously loving God!
Do you, at times, find yourself wondering who the children in foster care are? What they look like? How they came to be there? How long they stay in care?
Often the picture we have in our minds is based on false or outdated information. Because we want to be Truth-Seekers as well as Truth-Tellers, we thought starting the year by sharing several myths and misconceptions about children in foster care would help you as you pray. Here are just a few common misconceptions:
Myth: Children in foster care are mostly elementary school age.
Fact: About 40% of children in care are under the age of 5; 45% are 6-15 years old; the rest are 16 years old or older.
Myth: Children have done something to get placed in foster care.
Fact: Children are placed in foster care because they have been abused, neglected or abandoned. It’s not because of anything they have done.
Myth: Once in foster care, children rarely go back to their biological parents or primary caregivers.
Fact: Of the 400,000 children in foster care in the US, about half will be reunited with their parents. Another quarter of these children will be eligible for adoption. The rest will stay in foster care, possibly until they are old enough to “age-out” of the system. The average length of time a child is in care is 20 months.
Myth: Children in foster care are mostly minorities.
Fact: Most children (40%) are Caucasian; African American children make up approximately 24%, Hispanic children about 22%. The rest are other races or mixed race.
Myth: Children in foster care are predominantly boys.
Fact: Only by a slight margin–boys make up about 52% of the children in care.
Surprised by any of these facts? The overall truth is that each of these children, regardless of their age, gender, or skin color, is loved by the God who created them. He considers them precious. Here’s how we know that:
Mark 9:37 — “’Whoever welcomes one of these little children in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me does not welcome me but the one who sent me.’”
Mark 10:14 — “When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.'”
Mark 10:16 — “And he took the children in his arms, placed his hands on them and blessed them.”
James 1:27 — “Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress.”
During January, would you pray for the children in foster care? Pray that:
- Children adjust well in the midst of change as they transition into new daycare settings and school systems, that they might find a new friend in those first few days.
- Children coming into care would feel safe, even through the potentially traumatic circumstances that brought them there.
- Children of all ages will see the love of Jesus through those who care for them, whether it’s for a short time or is a permanent change through adoption.
- Children from the same family can stay together as a sibling group. Pray for the biological family, that they do what is necessary to be reunited with their children when appropriate.
- More people and churches would answer the call to become involved in encouraging those in the foster care community: agency workers, foster parents, vulnerable adults and children.
Thank you for lifting these requests to the One who can answer perfectly.
We are praying with you–
The TFI Team