The Current Foster Care System 

Our children deserve better.

The Shocking Truths. The Current Foster Care System Leads to a Host of Long-Term Problems.

Studies show that abused or neglected children placed in foster care face lifelong struggles. These studies also show that foster care is a highway to health problems, homelessness, early pregnancy, arrest, incarceration, and sex trafficking. When 22% of any child population flees the system which adults have provided to keep them safe, something is wrong. Half of all the individuals who spent time in foster care have serious challenges maintaining a job, a home, relationships and living a crime-free lifestyle. Over 80% will have at least one mental health diagnosis. These adults are 7 times more likely to suffer from addiction and become abusers of their own children.

The Toll We All Pay for Child Abuse.

Our government spends an astounding $64 billion annually on prisons and juvenile delinquent centers and $9 billion annually in child welfare costs.

In 2014, there were an estimated 702,000 victims of child maltreatment. Can you imagine? This would pack 10 modern football stadiums.

The Real Issue. Unaddressed Childhood Trauma.

The underlying issue and common denominator among these vulnerable adults is unresolved childhood trauma. When their traumatic experiences are not resolved, these children have little chance to develop into well-adjusted, high-functioning adults. Even more troubling is that they’re likely to become abusers themselves when they become parents. As adults, they’re often too ashamed and afraid to seek help. They mask their pain by using drugs, alcohol and violence. They lack the confidence and the support to forge a different path. They lose hope. Deep down, they’re still battling with the pain that was caused to them when they were too young to protect themselves. 

Child abuse is 100% preventable.

Early intervention and education are key to the solution. Our children and society cannot afford to allow this epidemic to continue where victims come victimizers. The numbers only tell half the story…

“Adverse childhood experiences (or trauma) are the single greatest unaddressed public health threat facing our nation today.”
– Dr. Robert Block, former president of the American Academy of Pediatrics