- 250,00 children enter foster care each year
- Only 50% of youth in foster care graduate high school
- Foster children suffer PTSD at more than twice the rate of US war veterans
- 1 in 5 foster children experience homelessness within 1 year of aging out of care
- At ages 17 & 18, one-third of young women in foster care are pregnant or parenting
- More than 70% of inmates incarcerated were at one point in the foster care system
- Stipends don’t cover the essentials of a growing child
- Volunteer to become a Court appointed special advocate (CASA) – CASAs receive specialized training and represent the best interests of abused and neglected children.
- Become a Foster Parent – Nationwide, there is a shortage of licensed foster homes.
- Adopt a Foster Child – In the U.S., more than 100,000 children wait a family to call home.
- Volunteer through non-profits like Project Blue, Ticket to Dream Foundation and many others that provide mentoring to foster children, require staffing assistance for events and many other opportunities!
- Share this page – Increasing awareness and interest in the solutions will help foster children heal and grow to their full potential.
HOW TO OBSERVE
On National Foster Care Day, find out more about how you can make a difference by visiting www.tickettodream.org. Show your support for foster youth by wearing blue and post a picture on social media by using #FosterCareBlue.
Ticket to Dream in partnership with Project Blue founded National Foster Care Day to increase awareness surround the needs of children in foster care, the opportunities for volunteers and the benefits of improving the system. The Registrar at National Day Calendar declared the day to be observed annually beginning in 2017.
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