Our nation is filled with vulnerable adults affected by the foster care system.
Aged Out Youth
According to AdoptUsKids, over 20,000 18-21 year olds age out of foster care every single year with little to no support. Many of these young adults fall right back into foster care, continuing this hopeless cycle, only this time they have become vulnerable parents whose children have been placed into foster care.
I cried when looking at the Project Sunshine room photos and couldn’t look at the whole thing at one time. I wish that I had been in a room like that when I was a kid. I was 9 years old in a room with nothing to play with. I didn’t know what was going or what was going to happen with nothing to do. How much better a room like that would have been for me.”
-Adult foster child in Augusta County, VA
Many vulnerable parents were once products of ‘the system’ themselves. Many have little to no support, guidance, or role models. They need to know that someone cares.
- Intact families are vulnerable families at-risk of losing their children into foster care.
- Families in process of reunification are families that are involved with the foster care system that are in the process of bringing their children home.
If I can’t have them back…I can’t handle the thought of them being separated
-Vulnerable Parent speaking of her children who were in foster care
What if the Body Christ reached out to the Vulnerable Adults in their community? What would happen if the Church became family to adults without family?
There are many ways you can serve, mentor, and support these vulnerable adults
- College Care Packages
- Welcome Home Baskets
- First Response
- Families Serving Families
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