Raleigh, NC, April 24, 2017
May marks National Foster Care Month.This month, the goal of the Easterseals UCP Foster Care program is to raise awareness about the magnitude of the issues for children and older youth in foster care and their families.
According to the National Foster Care Coalition, on any given day there are more than 400,000 children are in foster care. If you put all these children into one city, this city would be bigger than major cities like Miami, St. Louis, New Orleans and Honolulu. Over the course of a year, nearly 700,000 children spend at least some time in foster care.
Approximately 254,000 children will leave foster care this year, nearly 128,000 will be reunified with their families, another 52,000 will find new loving families through adoption and 36,000 will stay with a guardian or with their families through kinship care. But at the same time 28,000 youth will leave foster care because they are too old and have “aged” out of the system and 1500 will runaway. Then another 254,000 will enter foster care and replace the ones that left.
These statistics are frightening.In North Carolina, the Easterseals UCP Foster Care Program serves children in several cities and offers support and training to foster care parents.Program leaders are constantly looking for new foster parents to make a difference and help a child in a safe environment for a short time or a lifetime.
During the week of May 15, the Easterseals UCP Foster Care Fantastic Summer Drive will take place at all of our Foster Care offices. We're requesting slightly used or new outdoor toys to help make the summers of foster care children a little brighter. Consider donating bike helmets, balls of all kinds, sprinklers, bubble blowers, sidewalk chalk, kits, gardening kits, outdoor nature kids, fishing poles, scooters, whiffle ball sets, and any toy to help a child.
Learn more about the Easterseals UCP Foster Care Program
ABOUT EASTERSEALS UCP
Easterseals UCP is a non-profit organization serving the special needs communities in North Carolina and Virginia. Our mission is to create opportunities, promote individual choice, and change the lives of children and adults with disabilities by maximizing their individual potential to live, learn, work and play in their communities.