20 Foster Care Statistics From a Former Foster Child

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How Much Does Being a Foster Parent "Pay"?

So you are interested in becoming a foster parent but you need to get an idea how much help your state will give you? Well here is a state list that will give you the approximate numbers you need along with some helpful advice. http://peeples.hubpages.com/hub/What-does-being-a-foster-parent-really-pay

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A Note From a Previous Foster Child

I was a foster child. I aged out after floating through more than 30 homes. I never got adopted. I saw the system in some pretty bad ways. As an adult I want to make sure everyone knows that here in the USA foster children are not okay. There is a misconception that since we live in this country that surely the government takes care of their youth. This is not entirely true. We as people need to take a stand to protect them. We are their only hope.

If you are thinking of becoming a foster parent do your homework and don't just do it so you can say you did it. It is hard work. We likely will not be well behaved. We are a work in progress ....FOREVER!

We will test you. We will push your buttons. Foster children are just that, CHILDREN. They are not perfect, and they will almost always have more behavior issues than a child who grows up in a stable environment. With the right foster parent though, a foster child can heal. They can be complete. They can thrive and sometimes even excel past what was ever thought they could.

Foster parenting is NOT for everyone. It takes time, love, dedication, space in your home, a good income (because the little money you are given is NEVER enough), and endless patience! If you have those things to give, please look into becoming a foster parent.

Here are some things to make you think.

These are not all inclusive signs, but they are a good reference when in doubt. Always contact Child Protective Services or the Department of Social Services if you feel a child is being harmed.
These are not all inclusive signs, but they are a good reference when in doubt. Always contact Child Protective Services or the Department of Social Services if you feel a child is being harmed. | Source

Foster Care Statistics as of 2010 In the USA

  1. In 2010 there were 408,425 children in the foster care system.
  2. 48% were living in non related foster homes (with strangers)
  3. Only 26% were being cared for by a relative foster home
  4. Foster care sets permanency goals for all foster children who enter the system.
  5. The system set a goal for 6% to remain in long term foster care (What the hell kind of goal is this? Can we say Cop out)
  6. 51% had a goal of being reunited with their family
  7. 7% of foster children stay in the system 5 years or more
  8. The average age of a foster child is 9 years old.
  9. 10% of foster children either fit into the "other" race or are multicultural
  10. 21% are Hispanic
  11. 29% are black
  12. 41% are white
  13. 52% are boys
  14. 48% are girls
  15. Only 6% of aged out foster children graduate from college
  16. 40% of aged out foster children end up homeless
  17. 25% of aged out foster children do not even have a high school diploma or GED
  18. 30% less foster children compared to non foster children held jobs by age 24
  19. The average yearly income of a working aged out foster child between ages 18 and 24 is $8000 a year
  20. 60% of male aged out foster children are convicted of a crime before age 24.

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Did you know you could donate to local group homes?

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What are you doing for foster children?

You don't have to be a foster parent to help foster children. You also don't have to be rich. Did you know nearly 10 percent of foster children are in group homes? Those group homes take donations all the time. Most have websites with detailed lists of things they need. Anything from toilet paper to ketchup. At Christmas they need gifts. Most foster children carry their belongings in trash bags. So the next time you think there is nothing you can do, think again. Donate to your local group homes. Give them your old suitcases when you buy a new set. Buy a couple extra items at the grocery store every couple weeks and donate when you have a bag full. Everyone can make a difference in the lives of these children. Do your part!

United States foster children are NOT okay. While there are some good loving foster parents, many are not! Our government does not take care of them. The system is under staffed, under paid and over crowded! Caseworkers can not keep up with their case loads. We have to step in to do good for them. We have to all do our part to America's left behind children.

If you can not locate a group home in your area to donate to, please leave me a comment at the bottom with the closest major city to you and I will let you know what group homes are in your area.

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34th Bomb Group 4 years ago from Western New York State

Well done. As a former Termination Attorney I could tell you stories -perhaps I will later. "The System" sucks - especially for the poor kids.

Hang in there - you've already beaten the odds.


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Seafarer Mama 4 years ago from New England

Very well-written and concise....with all of the information that needs to be known about the "system." So sad. I will do my best to find out more about how I can help locally.


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peeples 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

34, Yes it does suck! Thank you for dropping by. Seafarer Thank you. I hope you can find a way to even do a little in your area to help!


Nan Mynatt 4 years ago

I marked you up on this one. Being a foster child is not easy and away from your relatives. I have been a foster parents for over 12 years. The kids have been damaged and hurt by their parents, other relatives, and foster parents. More people need to get involved and help with the problems.


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34th Bomb Group 4 years ago from Western New York State

Unfortunately, most foster children are ruined for life before they come into care. This includes those taken at birth. They haven't got a chance.

Our author has certainly beaten the odds.


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Lady_E 4 years ago from London, UK

Interesting facts and touching read. I am always concerned about Foster Kids. I know for a fact that some are looked after so lovingly but some it's just from frying pan to fire and in some cases, "the system" is too quick to take kids off their parents and place them in Foster Care.

I hope in Future, I can Foster a few kids. I work with kids, so it's something I would love to do.

Great share. Thanks. Tweeted...


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Lipnancy 4 years ago from Hamburg, New York

I love your suggestions that anybody can do to help foster children. Great suggestions.


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34th Bomb Group 4 years ago from Western New York State

In my humble opinion, while not everyone is cut out to be a foster parent, there are many things one can do to help these children. Unfortunately, too many agencies with too little to do, impose ridiculous restrictions on people who just eant to put a little joy in these childrens lives.

While with Social Services, I took it upon myself to grab a couple of "my" kids every Saturday for McD's & a $1.00 movie. It wasn't solely for their benefit - I had a young son who needed to know "how the other half lived" & it made me feel good to do it.

Once Administration learned of these outings (I never tried to hide them & had the permission of the foster parents) I was hauled onto the red carpet & was read the Riot Act.

Why? Ask them. I never was given a good reason, but as I was threatened with the loss if my job should I do it again, I didn't.

What a shame that political appointees would do something like that.

My point? Check before you help so YOU don't wind up in a pickle.


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peeples 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

I agree 100%! It's crazy what they don't allow but I do mostly understand it. The best thing I have found is donating to local children shelters and group homes. The children may not realise you are doing something for them but they will grow up and "get it". The lists of needs are also usually posted on their websites and mae it very easy for anyone to figure out what is in their budget.


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RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

There are too many sad facts in spite of the successes. So glad to see this posted with your fine ending that points out ways to help even if we can't be foster parents.


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

I was in six foster homes in the first nine months but I was one of the lucky ones....I was adopted by very loving people who raised me beautifully. You are a survivor and I admire all survivors. I am glad you found happiness at last; you certainly earned it!


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

You have just shown me a list of statistics, that have not only stunned me...I am ashamed of my ignorance to these facts. Now, thanks to you, dear woman...I am enlightened and I take our responsibilities to fellowman very seriously. My first action of the day tomorrow morning will be to look up "group foster homes," in my area. I'm already comprising a list of THINGS to bring them!

Thank you. You are a real life hero, peeples.


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JayeWisdom 4 years ago from Deep South, USA

I am so sorry that the foster care system let you down after you'd already been abused at home. I read your profile and see you're happy now (and seem remarkably well adjusted for everything you've lived through before finding your "good man." ) I'm glad things finally got better for you, and I'll bet you're a terrific mom to your kids.

Thanks for explaining how we can help kids in group foster homes, something I didn't know (or didn't occur to me) before reading this hub.


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Deepak Chaturvedi 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

You are a good fighter and surviour.Thanks to share your hub.


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GlstngRosePetals 4 years ago from Wouldn't You Like To Know

Awesome hub! Being a former foster child in a group home I can tell you first hand that this hub was a flash back and all this time i thought it was just me. Thank you for sheding light on such a hidden toppic..


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wannabwestern 4 years ago from The Land of Tractors

Thank you for enlightening us. My grandmother grew up in a group home though her mother was still alive. This was before social security and food stamps. I have a special place in my heart for foster kids because of my grandmother's experience, though I never thought about donating to a group home locally. I will do so now.


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peeples 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Thanks for all the comments. I find it sad that more people do not know these numbers or even that group homes exist. I don't blame the people who don't know, I blame the system that should be doing more to inform the public of what they can do to help. Thanks again!


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holdmycoffee 4 years ago

I have read several of your articles and I could see you are on a great mission to educate people! I hope lots of people read your articles and think of what they could do! Voted Interesting and Shared!


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LongTimeMother 3 years ago from Australia

What a great hub. I have been a foster mother and, quite frankly peeples, your hubs are inspiring me to perhaps begin another adventure with another child or two. Might take a bit of effort convincing my husband because he seems to be under the mistaken impression that we're winding down our lifestyle a couple of notches. lol.

Okay, so we live off the grid now and grow all our own organic veges and have a few animals. But I would imagine this kind of lifestyle could suit kids quite nicely. My youngest daughter's friends all love to visit. Hmmm ... we'll have to build another bedroom.

Yes, you've definitely started the brain ticking. :)


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peeples 3 years ago from South Carolina Author

I would have loved that lifestyle! I'm sure others would too! Thanks for visiting, and commenting.


Sarra Garrett 3 years ago

Voted up and Awesome. With your permission I would like to use the link to this hub for a new hub I am writing regarding foster children. I'm so sorry you were one of the 'forgotten' children in our world. It shouldn't happen that way!


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peeples 3 years ago from South Carolina Author

Not a problem at all Sarra. You are right Sarra, it shouldn't happen that way. I am fortunate though as things turned out ok for me. Thanks for dropping by.


Sarra Garrett 3 years ago

Thank you Peeples. I'll let you know when my article is finished for your perusal. You are very fortunate for sure.


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peeples 3 years ago from South Carolina Author

I look forward to reading it!


Courtney 3 years ago

I am in the process now of becoming a foster parent. I work for a Sheriff's Dept and had I not have started working here, I would not have realized the need for foster parents. I hear stories all the time about kids that are living lives that no one should have to. We assist DFS on those calls and it has made me start this process. I look forward to hopefully being a light in some of my future foster kids lives. Thank you for the article, really puts things in perspective. I will try to spread the word.


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marion langley 3 years ago from The Study

Did you ever get to attend a royal kids camp? I have friends that help run one and was thinking about lending them a hand.


Shawna Hamilton Hites 3 years ago

I am just beginning to realize the need for foster parents. I have started the process to become certified. I really had no idea how MANY children are in the foster system. I would have done this long ago and am willing to adopt if need be. Every one children deserves a family and a chance. Thanks for writing this. Your point of view really made me realize I'm doing the right thing!


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Jo_Goldsmith11 3 years ago

Remember you are a survivor!

A Fighter~ and keep on, keeping on!

I cringe reading this. I will share my story with you,

if you want in e-mail. If you were my daughter, I would of

fought like hell for you! I am so sorry you had to learn how

to survive, stay on and in the *lines* and try not to give up.

Voted this up +++ shared. hugs! :-)


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savvydating 2 years ago

Amen, sister. Do our part! Wiser words were never spoken. Up & useful.


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DreamerMeg 2 years ago from Northern Ireland

It's such a crying shame that a system set up to help children often ends up hurting them more!


Kristy 2 years ago

As a foster mom, I just want to thank you for writing this article. Sometimes it helps for us to hear the voices of people who grew up in our broken system. Numbers can be so easily dismissed, but the voice of a person who has lived it resonates. God bless you, and keep speaking up, these kids need a voice!


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Keargo777 2 years ago

Thank you. I'm trying to open up a non profit home for those that age out of foster care. I'm working on how to fund out now. I've already helped quite a few but it takes money time and patience to get them on their feet and on a road to success. Every time I finish with one I gain another, which shows there are so many out there in need of help. I love it, I have gained so many lifetime friends!


Virginia 2 years ago

I am a former foster kid too. It was a nightmare that still crops up in memories to this day. It was so bad living in the foster care system that I even chose to go live with other people that were not appropriate (today would be termed kidnappers.) a lot of young boys in foster care that run do not have any help with someone taking them in, and lead to criminal activities to survive. Girls too. It would be interesting to see the statistics or numbers of incarceration that were foster kids at one time. It's sad what this lifestyle can lead to. I'm very grateful to you that you have the guts to speak out about your experience, & I hope others will too.


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peeples 2 years ago from South Carolina Author

Thank you all for the comments. Virginia, I ran away from foster care a few times and did the same thing. My choices to live with less appropriate people was a dumb move, but at least it was something I had control over. It is very sad what so many children go through in a system that is supposed to protect them. I am sorry you were part of that system and hope that time has given you a chance to make a better life!

Keargo, check local facebook pages. They are a wonderful place to connect with other people who might also be looking for a way to help.

Thanks again for all the support everyone. Remember at this time of year there are so many children sitting in group homes and foster homes lacking the type of holidays that they deserve.


Tammy 20 months ago

Great piece, as a foster parent to over 50 children and adoptive mother of 3 out of the foster care system, I can tell many horror stories both in and out of foster care. The trashbag issue was always huge to me, I always made sure when a move happened that all their things were in travel bags and backpacs. You would think the state could see how it make a child feel to all they have stuffed in a trashbag. Such a simple thing to do, and yet in all my years not one child ever came with anything other than a trash bag or a box!! Please put me in touch with a good group home in the Oklahoma City, OK area. Thank you!


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peeples 20 months ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Tammy. It appears most of the group homes in your area are run by the baptist coalition. Check with these websites http://obhc.org/ and http://www.baptistmessenger.com/ Thanks for caring!


Daniela C 5 weeks ago

could you tell me what local group homes are near my area. I live in Bloomfield, near Newark NJ

Thank you

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