The Magnitude: Nearly 500,000 American children are in foster care because their own families are in crisis and unable to provide for the essential well-being .
The Need: Children and youth in foster care require safe, stable, and nurturing environments to live in until they can either reunite with their parents or establish other lifelong family relationships.
The Consequences: Like all young people, youth in foster care deserve and benefit from enduring, positive relationships with caring adults. Without these permanent connections, former foster children are far more likely than their peers in the general population to endure homelessness, poverty, compromised health, unemployment, incarceration and other adversities after they leave the foster care program.
The Future: If nothing changes by the year 2020:
- Nearly 14 million confirmed cases of child abuse and neglect will be reported.
- 22,500 children will die of abuse or neglect, most before their fifth birthday.
- More than 9,000,000 children will experience the foster care system.
- More than 300,000 children will age out of the foster care system in poor health and ill prepared for success in higher education, technical college or the workforce; and 99,000 former foster youth who age out of the system can experience homelessness.
The Solution: With guidance and support from nurturing adults, children and youth in foster care are capable of overcoming the repercussions of previous abuse and neglect. At "Being Beautiful Foundation" our mission is to help them build brighter futures by providing loving homes and recruiting more mentors, advocates, caregivers and volunteers.