*URGENT COVID-19 UPDATE
Due to an epidemic within the pandemic, across the United States and in 13 countries, For The Children is EXPANDING its direct services to children of neglect, abuse and abandonment. Sign THE PLEDGE to help victims of family-induced childhood trauma during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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The Problem

One would be hard pressed to find a more vulnerable group in our nation and around the world than children in the foster care system. In addition to the trauma they have endured, and the insecurity they feel on a regular basis, too often, they lack an adult to defend their rights.

Solutions

For The Children’s advocacy leverages our work across the U.S. and around the world. Our knowledge informed by direct services and research ensures children of trauma have what they need not only to survive, but to rebuild and thrive.

Our motive is driven by the example of Jesus. We are to care for the most vulnerable members of society. Also, like Jesus, we are to speak boldly and loudly on their behalf, and defend their rights.

Currently in the United States, there are nearly half a million children in the foster care system — and  more who have not been identified are subjected to family-induced childhood trauma every day. We know that foster youth are disproportionately affected by academic failure, illicit substance abuse and homelessness. An estimated 75% of child victims of sex trafficking having been involved in the child welfare system.

Yet, foster care and childhood trauma do not currently elicit the same sense of urgency or the same level of support as other societal ills.
We are determined to change that. These children can be protected and provided for in the way they deserve.

At this particular moment in history, as COVID-19 causes lasting effects in so many areas of life, children in the child welfare and foster care systems have become even more vulnerable. While so many are home from school, children who are in abusive or neglectful homes are not receiving the support that they normally receive through the school system. Furthermore, children are not seeing mandatory reporters, such as teachers and counselors, who are key in helping them get to a safe place. Courts are closed or slowed, which delays children from being reunited with their biological families who have done the necessary work. This pandemic will continue to affect children in ways that we’ve never seen before. FTC is committed to bringing awareness and assistance in the face of these heightened challenges.

While FTC strongly supports work done at a legislative level to protect children’s rights, the thrust of our organization’s advocacy is aimed at educating and inspiring individuals around the world to take action within their communities. If each of us were to answer this call to care for children in foster care, imagine how we could change their lives and our society as a whole. We sincerely hope that you join us in taking action for the children.

Not everyone can be a foster parent, but everyone can make a difference in the lives of children in foster care. Here’s how you can start today.

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Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves... Proverbs 31:8