This month is National Foster Care Awareness Month, when we focus on amplifying our client’s voices and experiences, and bring awareness to the unique and complex issues young people in foster care face.
There are more than 407,000 children and teens in the foster care system across the country. With 30,000+ alone in Los Angeles County, there is still much work left ahead. And it starts with awareness.
Young people in care face racial disparities in the child welfare system, barriers to opportunity, and an alarming lack of supportive resources—all of which prevent them from securing basic needs, like stable housing, an equitable education, and critical medical services and therapies. These injustices and an extreme lack of supportive systems lead to half of young adults who age out of foster care ending up unhoused or incarcerated. Meanwhile, caregivers contend with delays and challenges when seeking the financial resources, healthcare, and benefits necessary to support the children in their care.
This month, stay connected on social media and join us in raising awareness, as we advocate for progress towards an equitable, just, and family-centered system that provides children, teens, and families with the support they need to find stability, heal, and thrive.
Click here to learn more about how you can sustain our work and help make a life-transforming impact for the young people we serve.