Bethany Christian Providers’ Kim Offut says, “This can be a time for us to actually convey consciousness to the variety of kids who’re in foster care throughout the nation. In order that’s why we’ve got this month — to convey consciousness, however to additionally establish households who’re keen to step ahead to be foster households.”
Statistics on Foster Kids
Kids’s Rights studies there are about 443,000 children in foster care at any given time. Nonetheless, the variety of children who spend time within the system all year long is way increased.
For example, in 2017, there have been greater than 690,000 children who frolicked in foster care.
“Children who are in foster care, if I can just kind of explain how they enter foster care, they’ve been abused or neglected in their birth family home. So there’s a temporary situation that is happening in their family home that prevents them from remaining at home,” Offut says.
Of those kids, about 70 % are school-aged, and about 23,000 age out of the system yearly.
For these kids who don’t have a organic or foster household strolling alongside them, they’re compelled to start offering for themselves fully.
“Literally, at the age of 18, the doors of the foster care system are [closed] and you’re expected, at that age, to really figure life out on your own. You don’t have a family. You don’t have that foster family. You don’t have that place to call home. Some of our kids have not even graduated from high school. They’ve never held jobs. They just don’t know what to do with their lives.”
Nationwide Foster Youth Institute studies that 20 % of children who age out of the system will instantly change into homeless. Lower than three % of children who age out will earn a university diploma, and plenty of children will likely be incarcerated or die inside one yr after growing older out of the system.
Amarillo reported on statistics supplied by Arrow. The statistics confirmed 80 % of the jail inhabitants had as soon as been within the foster system, and women who had been within the foster system are 600 % extra prone to change into pregnant by the age of 21 than women who weren’t within the system
“Then that cycle just continues and continues to repeat itself,” Offut says, as women usually ship their kids again into the system.
Bethany’s Foster Program
Bethany sees that putting children into loving, Christian foster properties earlier than they age out is vital as a result of it tends to present children higher possibilities in life.
“When you have a family — whether that is your biological family or if it’s a temporary foster family — the outcomes for our children [and] the future is much brighter because they have that safety, that security.”
Bethany’s aim for his or her foster care program is to put kids in short-term, secure properties. As soon as the scenario is secure once more, they place the kids again with their organic households.
Nonetheless, since there are greater than 400,000 kids in foster care at any given time, there’s a nice want for foster households.
“There is a need there. We need more families to step forward to open up their hearts and their homes to kids who are in foster care.”
Offut shares that her household has been foster dad and mom to many children earlier than, giving them security and love, and so they’ve even adopted.
“You are making a difference,” she says.
“I see families come forward and they say they want to foster as many kids as they can. They want to love on as many kids as they can and really make an impact on a child’s life… They’re making that impact because that child remembers you. They remember your kindness. They remember the warm meals.”
If you happen to really feel moved to behave as a foster mum or dad or household, pray. Pray for the Lord’s steerage and for the kids within the system. Then, take the next move with Bethany and assist be a loving, Christian dwelling to children who want you.
Header photograph courtesy of Bethany Christian Providers.