Children and Youth in Care
Every night in the United States, over 400,000 children and adolescents spend the night in the foster care system. These youth are not mere statistics in a category-each one of them is an individual person with a real name, face, personality, and future.
So then, why are these children in foster care? In a recent public opinion survey, 45% of respondents believed children were in care due to juvenile delinquency. Such is not the case. Rather, at no fault of their own, they have been removed from their families due to:
- Abuse – physical or sexual
- Neglect – often the result of parental substance abuse
- Predictive neglect – based either on abuse/neglect suffered by siblings or documented substance abuse problems of their parent/s
Imagine…the pain, sorrow, fear, and uncertainty experienced by these children.
In their adversity, these real youth need real hope and real love.