WE HAVE A NATIONAL FOSTER CARE CRISIS

There are more than 400,000 children in foster care in the US, and that number is rising.

Cincinnati (Hamilton County) alone has more than 850 foster children on any given day. More than 150 youth will emancipate this year becoming adults with little support, structure or knowledge to make it on their own.

 

While the ultimate goal is to reunite foster children with their biological families, the harsh reality is that substance abuse, mental illness and a myriad of other social dysfunctions make it impossible in many cases.

Mentor
Court Advocate
Foster, Adopt,
Respite Care

In Cincinnati

In Cincinnati:

  • HEMI program (Higher Education Mentoring Initiative)

In Cincinnati:

 

Nationally

Every Kid is One Caring Adult Away from Being a Success Story

Check out this great video by former foster kid Josh Shipp:
What you can do
The most critical success factor for a child is a significant relationship with a emotionally healthy, caring adult.

Statistically, their future will likely be troubled. According to a 2004 Pew Commission on Children in Foster Care report:

  • 25 percent are incarcerated within first two years

  • 20 percent become homeless

  • 58 percent complete high school, compared to 87 percent of the general population

  • 3 percent earn college degrees, compared to 28 percent of the general population

While it varies by state, former foster youth comprise:

  • 70-80% of the prison population.

  • 50% of the homeless population.

 

Other studies show that foster youth also have disproportionately high rates of early pregnancy, sexual and physical victimization, mental illness and substance abuse.

Prevent/Host

Families in crisis can willingly place their children in thoroughly screened volunteer host homes for short periods of time.

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