I never knew much about the foster care system. Then I became a parent. My foster care knowledge didn’t improve much. But I learned how much energy it takes to properly raise kids. 250,000+ children are placed into the system in the U.S. every year
If you’re a parent, think about what it takes for your own children. Now think about doing that for someone else’s child, who you may only support for a brief period of their childhood. Now multiply by hundreds of thousands
Unfortunately, the statistical outcomes from the foster population are eye opening. Depending on where you look, only 3-5% of these kids will ever graduate college. 60-80% of the entire prison population was once in foster care
One in four kids may experience PTSD and half experience at least one mental health problem later in life. And on and on
A few years ago my friend launched a nonprofit called @CarryingHopeATX to help one small part of the system. Kids were being dropped off to foster homes with often just the clothes on their body and nothing else. No baby wipes for babies. No toys for a toddler
They provide “hope packs” — a backpack or diaper bag filled with comfort items and essentials intended to help ease the transition for children who are entering a new foster home. Sure, it’s just one piece of the puzzle, but the numbers are so big...
If these hope packs make a small dent, just 5% or even 10% improvement in the lives of the hundreds of thousands of foster children, it’s a big win