Our mission is to create meaningful connections for children in foster care through personalized support.
We exist to move the needle on some of these horrible statistics facing our kids in foster care.
- Nationwide, there are about 500,000 children and youth in the foster care system – through no fault of their own.
- In Central Florida, there are about 1500 children in the foster care system.
- Kids in foster care change families, schools, and communities with appalling frequency. Two-thirds move seven or more times while in foster care.
- Education is almost always delayed and disrupted. Life on the move – without parents to provide continuity and a sense of connection – leaves these kids particularly ill-equipped for the transition to adulthood. Many are two years behind their peers in school.
- Adults who have been in foster care suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder at twice the rate of US combat veterans. More than half experience serious mental health problems.
- One of the most vulnerable populations is a child in foster care. The FBI reports that close to 60 percent of the children rescued from sex trafficking were from foster care or group homes.
- Each year, 26,000 youth transition from foster care without the typical growing-up experiences that teach self-sufficiency skills, and without the family supports and community networks that help them make successful transitions to adulthood. These young people experience very poor outcomes at a much higher rate than the general population:
- More than one in five transitioning youth will become homeless after age 18
- Only 58 percent will graduate high school by age 19 (compared to 87 percent of all 19 year olds)
- 71 percent of young women are pregnant by 21, facing higher rates of unemployment, criminal conviction, public assistance, and involvement in the child welfare system
- At the age of 24, only half are employed
- Fewer than 3 percent will earn a college degree by age 25 (compared to 28 percent of all 25 year olds
- One in four will be involved in the justice system within two years of leaving the foster care system