Foster Care & Adoption Information
Most of the wishes granted by One Simple Wish are made by foster children or those that have aged out of foster care and are submitted through the social workers that support them. Foster children are truly America’s invisible children. They need our voice. Here are some facts to explain why:
1. Approximately 400,000 children live in the foster care system each year. Foster care often includes multiple home and institutional placements, sometimes within the same year or even month.
2. Nearly 58% of children in foster care are children of color.
3. Over 20,000 children age out of foster care every year with little to no support. Imagine turning 18 and having no family, no siblings, no relatives and no mentors to turn to. Children who age out of foster care are several times more likely to end up homeless, addicted to drugs or incarcerated. It is estimated that more than 250,000 prisoners in the US were once foster children.
4. The average child in foster care remains in the system for more than 2 years, living away from their families, friends and familiar environments.
Foster Care Statistics
Child Welfare Information Gateway Fact Sheet 2014: https://www.childwelfare.gov/pubs/factsheets/foster/
Kids Count Data Center: http://datacenter.kidscount.org/data#USA/2/35/36,37,38,41
Foster Care Advocacy Groups & Adoption Resources
Chldren’s Rights www.childrensrights.org
Children’s Rights uses the law to defend thousands of kids when child welfare systems fail to do so. They have secured court orders in more than a dozen states mandating top-to-bottom foster care reform. The only organization dedicated solely to this type of work, CR ensures that governments are held accountable and, most importantly, that children in foster care have better homes, and find permanent, loving families more quickly.
AdoptUSKids is a service of the U.S. Children’s Bureau and has been in operation since 2002 by the Adoption Exchange Association based out of Baltimore, Md., under a cooperative agreement (grant #90CQ0003). The mission of AdoptUSKids is two-fold: to raise public awareness about the need for foster and adoptive families for children in the public child welfare system; and to assist U.S. States, Territories, and Tribes to recruit and retain foster and adoptive families and connect them with children.
Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption www.davethomasfoundation.org
At the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, they believe they have a responsibility to be the voice of foster care adoption, so that every child finds a family. They exist to find homes for children who are waiting to be adopted from foster care in North America. In the process, they work to inform adults who may have misperceptions about foster care adoption that keep them from getting involved. Through the money raised, they are able to provide free educational resources, promote awareness, assist policymakers and employers, and support adoption professionals and agencies throughout the United States and Canada to ensure that every child finds a forever home.