Our state has around 60,000 children (ages 0-21) who are in the foster care system through no fault of their own. Of these children, on any given day over 15,000 are waiting for an adoptive family to say YES to them. The rest of the children need a loving, safe, and supportive foster family to care for them while they wait to go home to their biological families.
When children age-out of the system at 18 without a family, they are significantly more likely to experience homelessness, crisis pregnancy, unemployment, incarceration, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, and Trafficking.
YOU CAN HELP SOLVE THIS CRISIS WHERE YOU LIVE
Are you a Business Leader? You can make dreams come true for kids in foster care and be a foster friendly business (like you might be with military families). We can advise you.
Are you a Faith Leader? You can use your calling and your community to recruit and support more than enough foster and adoptive families. We can equip you.
Are you a Creative Leader? You can use your skills and your platform to advocate for kids in foster care – giving them a face and a voice. We can train you.
Are you a Government Leader? You can run a collaborative campaign with the leaders above to sustainably improve the story for kids in foster care and for the families who care for them. We can guide you.
Use the button below to email Connie for more information
I Belong Project
The I Belong Project™ uses high-quality videography to give children in foster care a face and a voice. We bring together child welfare, churches, businesses, and the creatives to make these days a beautiful experience for all of the children who attend. After these videos are edited, we begin recruitment for these children who are available to be adopted and are waiting for their forever family.
Every day we meet more individuals and families who are considering taking the leap to become foster parents. We know you probably have a lot of questions and would need more answers before committing. That’s normal.
Just don’t let the fear of the unknown stop you from moving forward. Contact The Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) today. They will walk you through the process, help answer any of your questions along the way, and assist you in determining if becoming a foster parent is a fit for you. You can also visit their website using the button below.
Dream Makers Project
Over 26,000 teens age out of foster care each year in the United States. In 2015 America’s Kids Belong Colorado launched Dream Makers as a way to inspire and empower teens by giving them an opportunity to dream about their future. This program started in Colorado and is now operating in multiple states. These dreams may be an internship that connects them with an opportunity for the future, a practical gift to launch them towards their next step, a gift to learn a new skill, or an experience to gain confidence. In any case, it’s their dream, and we want to inspire these kids to dream big!
Dream Makers connects businesses, groups, and individuals to care for these kids needs and their dreams. When you become a Dream Maker, you have the opportunity to let one of these teenagers know that someone cares and they are not alone. Your support can give them the confidence they need to change their future. Learn more DreamMakersProject.org.
MEETING THE NEEDS OF CALIFORNIA CHILDREN IN FOSTER CARE
When a child finds a safe and loving family before they turn 18, it changes everything! Click below to join Belong by 18