Foster Care & Adoption
Kids Need a Family That Loves Them
Statistics in Washington
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.
Foster Kids Deserve a Chance at Life
Entering into foster care is a life-changing event. The odds are truly stacked against them. The traumas foster kids experience can have lasting effects, including depression and anxiety that threatens their ability to interact with others or cope emotionally on any level - both now and in the future!
90% of foster kids experience trauma
Only 50% of foster children reunite with their birth family
One in four youth in foster care attempt suicide
81% of boys in foster care end up in jail
71% of girls in foster care become mothers before they’re 21; half of their babies become foster kids too
40% of foster kids are homeless within 1 ½ years
97% live in chronic poverty after aging out
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.
Show Foster Kids That You Believe in Them
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.
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 who 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:
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