I’m IN.

foster children…

In our country, there is somewhere around 410,000 children in foster care on any given day. Roughly 110,000 of these children are available for adoption.

The average age of a waiting child is 8-years-old.

Each year, over 20,000-30,000 youth “age out” of foster care.
This means 20,000-30,000 new 18-year-olds are released from the system every year.
Of the “aged out” group:
50% will drop out of high school
62% will be unemployed within 12-18 months
25% will be homeless within two years
48% of females will have a child within 12-18 months
30% will be arrested between the ages of 18 (when they age out) and 21 

grown-ups…

63% of Americans hold a favorable view of adoption
78% of Americans think more should be done to encourage adoptions

40% of Americans say they have seriously considered adoption. 
  

If just 1 in 500 of these adults who said they wanted to adopt, actually did…there would be  
NO waiting children in foster care. 

Not ONE.
 (Dave Thomas Foundation Stats)

Something is WRONG.

Consider this:

Governments make inappropriate parents.

The truth is government systems are not, and never have been, good at raising children. Governments are not designed to be parents. Children are organically made to be a part of some sort of family unit. We rant about the overspending, the underfunding, the educational system, social security…I hear more negatives about government than positives. And yet, we allow them to raise children. And not  just any children, these are hurt children. I could argue we are allowing governments to raise the MOST vulnerable members of our society. Damaged children, hidden behind a closed family judicial system, with little to no voice.

FEAR is not an excuse.
Fear is not an acceptable reason to actively ignore any crisis situation. As a person who struggles daily with fear, I can make this statement without judgement or malice. Sometimes being afraid gets the better of me, but I refuse to allow fear to hold me in the bondage of inaction. And doing anything fostercarerelated can be intimidating...there are so many “what ifs…” 

What if they don’t behave?
What if they hate me?
What if I can’t handle it?
What if they have to leave, and I am devastated?

What if, What if, What if…
For me, fear is just a self-preservation response to any of the buh-jillion what-if questions I ask myself every second all day long. So, every day, I have to decide that it is not okay, fair, or acceptable for me to tell children that need assistance that my want of  being emotionally comfortable is more important than their needs
  
The Church.
If we, as a body of believers accept the Bible as Truth and the Bible says:

and…
Learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless, plead the widow’s cause. (Isaiah 1:1)  
then we can’t say the Bible is unclear about matters concerning orphans. I am happy to say that I have heard of many churches beginning to branch out into caring for this population of children. However, it is far from widespread. 

There are almost 350,000 known churches in the United States and 110,000 children available for adoption from the U.S. foster care system.
If ONE family from each of the churches in America applied to adopt just ONE of these orphans…there would be no orphans left for about 240,000 church families.

(And that is what my husband would call a “good problem.”)

I am not saying everyone is called to adopt. Because I know that is not true. And if you are in that group of people I will tell you this: there are about ten dozen other ways to help orphans (and widows for that matter.)
What I am saying is there are thousands of families that could adopt, have thought about adoption, feel called to adopt, and have not. So we have children being raised in temporary homes and “age-ing out” and living a life without what most people take for granted…a family.
  
A family means (according to my kids):
TC (13): “Someone who likes you.”
Celee (12): “When someone keeps you even when you are mean.”
Judsen (10): “Having grown-ups tell you what to do.”
Joseph (10): “It means getting SNACKS, like popcorn.” (fist pump here)
Mia (8): “Family means people who hug you.”
Corban (6): “It is a bunch of people that are a bunch of different colors that get to play together.”

110,000 little souls are without a family in the United States.

It is overwhelming.
It is catastrophic.
It is outrageous.
It is staggering.
It is horrific.
It is WRONG.

Luckily, with all of us…
It is also fixable.   

Who’s in?

 

8 thoughts on “I’m IN.

Add yours

  1. I'm in …Oh the joy of finding such a resource for this newbie foster momma …Delighted to meet you this evening. I hope you don't mind if I splash around a bit to get to know you. This looks like a crazy blessed place to be refreshed.Splashin'Sarahwww.justsarahdawn.blogspot.com

    Like

  2. So glad I found your blog. We know without a shadow of a doubt that God is calling us to become foster parents. We are attending orientation tonight to start the process. So excited for this wonderful journey that we are about to take!

    Like

  3. Hi there. I am an adoptive mom of a little foster guy who's been with me for nearly 2 years. When I read the above post and saw that “63 percent of people have a favorable view of adoption” all I could think was, 37% of people actually have an unfavorable view of adoption”? How is that? Anyway, much kindness sent to you and your family. You're doing great things for some very lucky kids.Jackiehttp://www.blogger.com/blogger.g?blogID=4172332161898136421#overview/src=dashboard

    Like

  4. Jackie,I guess so! We have known several families afraid to adopt because of worries about harm to the kids they have…or are worried about long-lasting issues that foster kids sometimes deal with…or just not interested period…so I guess that is the 37%? Just guessing though. I am sure there is some margin of error. So happy to hear about your “foster guy!” How exciting!Blessings to you and yours. Christy

    Like

  5. I'm writing a picture book about foster care geared at existing kids in a family who starts to foster. Like the “I'm a Big Brother/Sister” books pregnant moms read to older siblings, but geared towards the twists and turns of foster care. Would you be interested in reviewing? apgarboczi @ gmail.com

    Like

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Blog at WordPress.com.

Up ↑

%d bloggers like this: