There are currently more than 400,000 children living in the foster care system in the United States. While more than 100,000 of these children are currently waiting for adoptive homes, only 50,000 or so are adopted in any given year. More than 25,000 age out of the system each year, at which time they are left to fend for themselves with very little support and few life skills to make it on their own.
At Home Forever, we believe no child should age out of the foster system without a permanent family, unless he or she has expressly made that choice for him- or herself. Further, we believe that young adults who age out deserve a family as well. No child, or adult, is unadoptable.
We also believe that in many circumstances, it is best for a child in foster care to be reunified with his or her birth parents, as long as it can be done in a safe and timely manner.
We also believe that children are designed to be raised in families, not institutions. It is estimated that nearly 60,000 children in our foster care system are currently placed in institutions, or group homes. A recent study found that children raised in orphanages had an average IQ 20 points lower than their peers raised in foster homes.
We believe that Government is not a family. The Church has the families these children need and deserve. With over 300,000 churches in the United States, we have the ability to find families for every child in foster care.
At Home Forever, we promote God’s heart for adoption and for children in an effort to help every child find his or her permanent family. We also support birth parents in their reunification efforts as long as it is in the child’s best interests and can be achieved in a safe and timely manner.