Forget what’s best for foster kids. According to the ACLU, all that matters is diversity.
On any given day, an estimated 438,000 kids are in foster care. In 2016, nearly 700,000 American kids spent some time in foster care.
That same year about 23,000 kids aged out of the system—they turned eighteen and were released from the custody of the state. Twenty percent of them instantly became homeless. Only half will be gainfully employed by age 24.
Less than three percent will ever graduate college, and 25 percent will still exhibit symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder.
In other words, our foster care system is failing many of our most vulnerable of children. They need more than what the system is able to provide, which makes it vitally important that children in the foster care system find adoptive families before they age out.
That’s easier said than done, especially when we’re talking about older children and children with special needs. These children require an uncommon level of commitment and generosity, not to mention agencies and other intermediaries who can connect hard-to-place kids with committed and generous adoptive parents.
That reality makes the willingness to close off a possible source of help in the name of ideology beyond insidious.
One of the groups able to make a difference in the lives of these at-risk kids is St. Vincent Catholic Charities in Lansing, Michigan.
As Becket, a charitable legal organization tells us, “St. Vincent is particularly good at finding homes for sibling groups, older children, and children with special needs.”
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Source: Christian Post