Children in foster care
Children often come into foster care with nothing but the clothes on their backs. They may be removed from their homes in the middle of extremely traumatic circumstances, leaving them no time to prepare or grab anything that brings comfort or makes them feel normal. They sometimes wait hours in state foster care offices while caseworkers search for available foster homes; depending on how long this process takes, they may have to sleep on the office floor. Even worse, some of these children are separated, not only from their parents, but also from their siblings, as many foster homes are not prepared or equipped to take in multiple children.
According to The AFCARS Report, in 2015, 269,509 children in the U.S. entered the foster care system. “While more than half of these children will return to their parents, the remainder will stay in the system. Most of these children are living with foster families, but some also live in group facilities” (AdoptUSKids).
Kids waiting to be adopted
There are approximately 104,000 children in our U.S. foster care system waiting to be adopted. They may live in foster homes, group homes, or other facilities. These children are legally orphans, as their parents no longer have legal rights to them. Without adoption, these children will age out of foster care at age 18-21, depending on the state. If this happens, they may be alone in the world, without a support system, trusted adult mentor or friend.
These kids need to know they are loved. We cannot forget them.
What if we, as the Body of Christ, opened our hearts and our homes to children in need? What if together we rise up and say enough is enough? Let’s show the love of Jesus to these kids and let them know they are not forgotten.
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A scar is evidence of a wound, but is also evidence that we can heal.
– Scott McClellan, Tell Me a Story