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.