May is special month for us here at The Children’s Center. It’s National Foster Care Awareness month — a time when we shine a spotlight on a program that is so important to Detroit children in need.
Foster care is a temporary living arrangement for abused, neglected and dependent children who need a safe place to live when their parents or another relative cannot take care of them.
Here are the sobering facts about foster care children:
- 70% of 4th graders cannot read at grade level.
- Over 22% of foster youth experience homelessness after age 18.
- Less than 2% complete a Bachelor’s degree.
Together, we can change these statistics. Because of you, we are able to arrange safe havens, placing foster children in caring, loving households. You also help foster children succeed in school, assisting with key material needs and exposing them to essential childhood experiences. Services are tailored to ensure they graduate from high school with a plan for their future.
Thanks to you we also serve caregivers, helping them navigate the challenges and opportunities of fostering and providing them with financial and educational support.
Are you passionate about giving children a safe and loving home?
Consider our program. We believe a good foster parent is someone who has our children’s best interests at heart. It’s about finding the right match, not about choosing from a specific group of people. That means you don’t have to be married or of a certain age, income, religion or sexual orientation to foster or adopt a child. Nor do you need to own a home, have children already, be wealthy or a stay-at-home parent.