Foster Care & Adoption
Kids Need a Family That Loves Them
Foster Kids Deserve a Chance at Life
The number of foster youth in America is at an all-time high, with around 424 thousand children currently being cared for by the state. With a rise in childhood trauma, abuse, and neglect, there has been a significant increase over recent years as demand for foster families far exceeds what's available.
Providing Healing to Foster Care Kids
Foster kids face extreme trauma and are often bounced around from place to place, never really having a sense of stability or belonging. Having been removed from their homes without any warning, they face uncertainty about their future, not knowing when (or if) they will be able to return home, or where they will live next. Overcome with anxiety and insecurity, the emotional needs of foster kids are not being met, leading to serious problems like depression, substance abuse, and even suicide.
It is essential that we do everything we can to provide them with stability and security, and make sure that their voices are heard.
Foster kids have it tough. They often experience abuse, neglect, and trauma that can have lasting effects on their mental health. This makes it difficult for them to cope emotionally and interact with others.
They need stability and security more than anything, but they often fall through the cracks.
Believe in Me funds foster care services that provide support, resources, and a loving family for foster kids. With your help, we can give these kids the chance they deserve to heal and thrive.
How Believe in Me is Tackling Educational Inequities in the Foster Care System
By Cameryn Flynn
It’s no secret that children in foster care often face educational disadvantages. Unfortunately, those disadvantages can follow them for the rest of their lives and make reaching success even harder. That’s why at Believe in Me we strive to ensure all children have access to comprehensive and equitable educational opportunities.
National Adoption Awareness Month: Every Kid Deserves A Family That Loves Them
By Julie Wukelic
November is National Adoption Awareness Month. This is a time when we celebrate the families that have adopted children and raise awareness for the many kids who need homes. In this blog post, we will discuss some of the history and statistics and talk about how families can become involved in fostering and adopting kids.
Foster Kids: How the Love Box and Dare To Dream Programs Bring Hope
By Alexandra Martinez
In celebration of Foster Care Awareness Month, we are continuously highlighting our most important projects to support organizations that are committed to helping foster kids in our community. Now, it’s our opportunity to share the valuable work that Spokane Angels is doing for kids and youth in our community.
See Your Donation At Work
We all have a responsibility to make sure that children are safe and well cared for. When they're in foster care, it becomes our shared goal--we must work together as one community! There's no single agency or program that can meet this burden alone; instead, there is an array of services available at every turn which will help shape them into successful adults because of generous people like you! Here’s a sampling of the programs your donations have helped to fund in the past:
Apply for a grant
By The Numbers
children currently being cared for by the state
of foster kids experience trauma
1 of 4
youth in foster care attempt suicide
This is a paragraph where you can include any information you’d like. It’s an opportunity to tell a story about the company, describe a special service it offers, or highlight a particular feature that sets it apart from competitors. Make sure it fits the general tone and voice of the brand, then adjust the font, size or scale to customize the style.
Problems With Our Foster Care System
FOSTER KIDS AGE OUT WITHOUT HOMES
Every year, 20 thousand young people age out of the foster care system without having found a forever family. These young adults are left to fend for themselves with no support or protection from social services, which can make things challenging when you're just trying start your life again!
HOTELS ARE NO PLACE FOR FOSTER CHILDREN
State agencies are struggling to find enough foster homes for children in need. With such a shortage, they have been increasing the number of instances where these kids stay at hotels while being housed by family or friends with whom they can't yet establish an ongoing relationship.
GROUP HOMES ARE ONLY A TEMPORARY SOLUTION
Group homes and institutions often account for 10% of all placements nationwide. They’re a critical source in emergency shelters due to limited options, but this should not rely on long-term housing as studies show congregate care causes harm (both physical & mental), reduce the timely placement rate, and significantly increases the chances of incarceration in adulthood.
TOO MANY CHILDREN OF COLOR IN FOSTER CARE
Foster kids of color are disproportionately represented in the foster care system due to a variety of factors including poverty, geography, and individual and systemic bias. They are more likely to be removed from their homes, stay in foster care longer, and are less likely to return home. This is a grave injustice that needs to be addressed.