Many former foster care kids are now congressional interns.
Because you played brackets in the March Gladness pool this year, a high school for at-risk kids in the US got a new computer lab!
A team from RetailROI recently installed 28 Chromebooks, 3 Smartboards and wireless access points. Special thanks to Lee Holman of IHL for leading the crew and all those who participated.
On any given day in the United States, more than 530,000 children are in foster care. These temporary orphans, often victims of abuse or neglect, are removed from their homes with little more than the clothes on their backs. In Tampa Bay, Florida, alone, over 2,000 children a year are in some sort of protective care.
Since 2010, 4Kids of Tampa has partnered with government and child-placing agencies, as well as the faith-based community, to battle this crisis and train foster families in the Tampa Bay area.
In any given year, over 5 million calls are made to child welfare agencies – most to report suspected child abuse or neglect. Of those calls, 1 million meet the criteria for state intervention. What about the other 4 million calls? Four million calls representing thousands of families teetering on the brink of collapse?
Safe Families was created to stand in the gap between state intervention and family crisis. Since 2005, Safe Families has given help and hope to families in crisis, by providing children a safe, temporary home with caring families while their parents get back on their feet. By giving parents the time and tools they need to move past the crisis and into stability, Safe Families not only diffuses a possibly abusive or neglectful situation, but also deflects children from state welfare systems, with the goal of keeping their families intact.
For the over 400,000 children growing up in the American foster care system, age does not bring privilege. In fact, with every passing year, the probability of an older child aging out of the foster care system increases. Most of these children will leave the system without creating even one connection to a caring adult.
Since 2005, Kidsave’s Weekend Miracles program has worked to find permanent families and lasting connections for older foster youth, ages 9-17, who are growing up in foster care in Los Angeles County, CA. Weekend Miracles matches these youth with a host, who commits to spending at least two days a month with the youth for one year. The host develops a relationship of trust with the youth, mentors them on life skills and academics, and advocates on behalf of the youth to find him or her a permanent family. Since its inception, over 160 foster youth have participated in Weekend Miracles; and approximately 50% of participants have found permanent families or a lasting connection of more than a year with their host.