Foster Care

 

It is a tragedy that there are children in our nation sleeping in office buildings because they do not have a safe home to rest their heads. It is a tragedy that so many children do not know the loving touch of a mother or father. And it is a tragedy that not more people are stepping up to care for our nation's most vulnerable children. But there is hope! 

Below you will find real stories, testimonies if you will, of real people somehow involved in the U.S. Foster Care System. We believe sharing real stories is the number one way to inspire others into action and we have seen the stories below inspire people to love and serve foster children. We want to see the number of children (currently somewhere around 415,000) in our country's  system vanish! But the only way we can wipe out the foster crisis is if we have more educated people stepping up and getting involved in foster children's lives. How do you move people to action? You tell a story. So please share the stories and podcasts with everyone you know. Together we can end this tragedy. #livefostercare


Learn the stats on the Foster Care system in the United States and be inspired to do something about the large number of children in it. 

Learn the stats on the Foster Care system in the United States and be inspired to do something about the large number of children in it. 

Read powerful stories from foster children and foster parents. Listen to the great struggles and great blessing that comes when you foster. 

Read powerful stories from foster children and foster parents. Listen to the great struggles and great blessing that comes when you foster. 

Every state is different, click the link to read more on the foster care system in yours and be inspired to get involved! 

Every state is different, click the link to read more on the foster care system in yours and be inspired to get involved! 

We want to help you by giving you the best resources. Click the link to learn more!  

We want to help you by giving you the best resources. Click the link to learn more!

 



52% male, 48% female   ·  39% 5 YEARS OR YOUNGER. 45% 6 – 15 YEARS. 16% 16 – 20 YEARS

Fear is a powerful force. For most of us, fear has shaped many of the decisions that have led to who we are today. Fear can be good and can keep us from harm. Fear can also be a negative when it paralyzes us from doing what we know needs to be done. Many times these fears are unfounded, but we never take the chance to find out. So what do we do? How do we move into being educated on a subject that elicits fear?

When it comes to foster care, the list of fears can be long. ‘Will they hurt me or my children?’, ‘What if their birth parents hurt them or me?’, ‘What if I get attached and then the child goes back to their biological family?’ ‘What if the child has some undiagnosed special needs or learning disabilities?’……The list goes on. But the main question here is: are these these fears true? The answer is somewhere in the middle. Yes, these are real fears to consider and sometimes they happen, BUT they are by no means what is normal. 

We have seen, that when it comes to foster care, we often use these fears as an excuse to not get involved. The fears are often heard thirdhand from a friend of a friend. If we have never researched foster care, children of trauma, the resources available for foster families, then why do we so quickly latch onto horror stories heard through the grapevine?

We know there are hard stories. We are dealing with children who have experienced trauma. But every adult we've interviewed, who is actively involved in the foster care system, even if they have had a difficult experience, wouldn’t go back if they had the choice. 

Not every person should adopt or be a foster parent. It is not the right choice for everyone, but there are other ways to get involved.

Perhaps your friend or neighbor opens their home to a foster child, you can take the classes with them. What if you became an official respite care provider? What if people entered the foster system as a community rather than alone?

There are an estimated 319 million adults in America and 415,000 children in foster care.  That means that if .1% (that says point one, not one: point one, as in less than one) of adults in America chose to foster and another .1% rallied behind them and cheered them on, supported them, signed up for respite care or foster approved babysitting, then there wouldn't be any more children in foster care in America.

Did you hear us???

We are not saying everyone should foster…But if those who had the slightest bit of interest in fostering asked 3 of their best friends to walk with them through the training, through the trauma classes, through the fostering certification, then when things get hard for foster families they would have people supporting them…which would help prevent kids from moving home to home and provide a supportive and educated community around foster families.

Fear is a powerful force; it must be respected and battled all at the same time. But if we are going to fight, shouldn't we wage war for the most vulnerable children in our country? Let's battle together as community and start eliminating the stereotypes, misinformation...and excuses. Dale Carnegie said, “Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.”


Foster stories

It is a tragedy that there are children in our nation sleeping in office buildings because they do not have a safe home to rest their heads. It is a tragedy that so many children do not know the loving touch of a mother or father. And it is a tragedy that not more people are stepping up to care for our nation's most vulnerable children. But there is hope! 

Below you will find real stories, testimonies if you will, of real people somehow involved in the U.S. Foster Care System. We believe sharing real stories is the number one way to inspire others into action and we have seen the stories below inspire people to love and serve foster children. We want to see the number of children (currently somewhere around 415,000) in our country's  system vanish! But the only way we can wipe out the foster crisis is if we have more educated people stepping up and getting involved in foster children's lives. How do you move people to action? You tell a story. So please share the stories and podcasts with everyone you know. Together we can end this tragedy. #livefostercare

PODCASTS

 

First Hand Stories


Foster by state

The following numbers are based on external site's and their data. All numbers below are estimates and taken from the most recent year known. To find out more information about fostering or getting involved in foster care in your state, please click below.

(Each number was taken from the site the square is linked. These numbers are hard to find, sometimes years old and estimated.)


National Resources

FOSTER CLUB:
Our website serves as our primary communication tool with young people. Build on a dynamic social network platform using Web 2.0 functionality, it provides a means for young people to connect in a safe, monitored environment. The website also serves as a hub of information relating to foster care, including articles, Q+A, message boards, contests, discussion on foster care topics, and biographies of famous people who grew up in care. It's the resource that's available to youth 24/7."

NATIONAL FOSTER CARE MONTH:
The Children's Bureau and it's partners: U.S. Dept of Health + Human Services, Administration for Children + Families and Child Welfare Information Gateway, bring you a wide variety of resources and information about U.S. Foster Care. On this site the have ares for : Youth, Professionals, Caregivers, Parents, Communities, Tribes, etc. 

ADOPT US KIDS:
"AdoptUSKids provides tools and technical assistance to support states, tribes, and territories in their efforts to connect children in foster care with families interested in adopting them. Our mission: (1) To raise public awareness about the need for foster and adoptive families for children in the public child welfare system; and (2) to assist US states, territories, and tribes to recruit and retain foster and adoptive families."

BOOKS

The Archibald Project does not claim the above books as perfect nor has each staff member read every selection.
These books have been recommended by people heavily involved in foster care.
These books and their authors they do not speak for or represent The Archibald Project.