Why Should I Help Foster Children?
My hope is to help educate and give ideas where more people can help foster children and consequently affect a positive change in the world. One child at a time. Every child should have an opportunity to be great. And when bad things happen and life gives you lemons, you put up a lemonade stand. Or in our case, we supply an orphanage with local farm vegetables, good fats, and more.
Here are some compelling reasons to help Foster children:
1. There are around 460,000 children in the USA who are in foster care and/or orphanage homes, over 13 Million orphans in the world (losing both parents).
We have become so politically correct that we call these group homes, children’s homes which has a nice sound, but I fear that the general public is completely unaware of all the children that need someone investing and encouraging them.
2. The problem is that not enough good people are looking to volunteer for orphans.
There are so many places to volunteer, but few will have as much impact on the community as helping out these kids without a parent.Just taking time to volunteer for the needs of these children makes an incredible impact.
3. You can help out a child or children in your local area. Many are adopting internationally, which is great, but we also need to consider adopting our own children.
And today the average age for adoption through the fostering system is about 8 years old. So younger children and older children need adopting, but this important age of 8 has the greatest need. Many times, these children come into the foster system at very young ages. They go back to a biological parent and it doesn’t work, so they come back into foster care. After several years these children are available to be adopted as the parent is unable. If a child does not get adopted they “age-out”.
Statistics on Foster Care- YOU could change!
Unfortunately, from 1998 – 2005 an increase of 41% more of these children in Foster Care or Orphanage Homes “aged out”. This is when a foster child turn 18 and on their own. Here are more statistics on these 18 year old boys and girls:
- One in four will be incarcerated within two years of leaving foster care,
- 1 in 5 will become homeless,
- Only half will graduate from high school, and
- Less than 3 percent receive college degrees. Source
4. Helping out these children will build a BETTER COMMUNITY for you!
There are some incorrect stigmas out there for fostering, which we discover as we began our process. For the most part, the people who are helping foster kids are good people. Each one of us has the power to change the world in which we live. These children grow up and live in our communities. Therefore, it is incredibly beneficial to everyone when we volunteer. Some options are to: become a Guardian Ad Litem, a tutor or donate good food to a local orphanage. Read Families Change
Truly we could change this world if just a few more families would get involved and volunteer at Foster Group Homes and orphanages. The possibilities are incredible. A little love, sharing skills, and donating healthier food choices can really make a difference. I know because we see the difference we are making.