It’s easy to forget that behind the face of every abused or neglected child is another heartbreaking story: a boy abused by an alcoholic parent, a girl suffering from mental illness whose parents can no longer care for her, or a teenager whose family can no longer provide safe housing.
Every TWO MINUTES, a child is taken out of an abusive or neglectful home and enters America's foster care system.
The national facts about abuse and neglect are staggering … but acknowledging the depth of the problem is the first step in fixing it.
- Three million children receive some form of child welfare services annually.
- In 2014, 415,000 kids could no longer live safely at home and were residing in foster care.
- 108,000 children are living in foster care waiting to be adopted by a loving family. Less than half of teens in foster care will graduate from high school.
- Former foster children are almost twice as likely to suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) as U. S. war veterans.
- Finally, 22,000 teenagers will age out of foster care without the developmental abilities or familial connections necessary to make it on their own. More than 25% will become homeless within two to four years of leaving care.
That’s why the United Methodist Home for Children works day and night to provide a safe and sound home away from home to those kids and young people who can no longer live at home.