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. After that, they sometimes wait hours in state foster care offices while caseworkers search for available foster homes. This means that there are times when they have to sleep on office floors. 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 AdoptUsKids, “More than 250,000 children in the U.S. enter the foster care system every year. 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. 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.”
There are approximately 104,000 children in our U.S. foster care system waiting to be adopted. These kids are in foster homes, group homes, or other facilities. These children are orphans. Their parents no longer have legal rights to them and so without adoption, these children will age out of foster care around the ages of 18-21 and will be alone.
These kids need to know they are loved. Church, 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 rose up and said enough is enough? Let’s show the love of Jesus to these kids and let them know they are not forgotten.
There are many ways you can serve, mentor, and support children in foster care!
Here are just a few:
- Journey Bags
- Project Sunshine
- Foster or Adopt
We’d love to help you get started. Contact us for more information!
A scar is evidence of a wound but also evidence that we can heal
- Scott McClellan, Tell Me a Story