Mother meant the whole world to me and there wasn’t anything I could do to get her back. It was like I had lost everything. Lucie, Age 19
I felt so bad for my mom and I constantly felt like it was my fault because I couldn’t do anything to stop it.
PoemGirl, Age 17
I felt so disappointed and heartbroken. I hated my life. Brittany, Age 13
How does it feel to be a Foster Child? It’s like being in a great world of your own. Mark, Age 12
The placements did not work because in my heart I felt alone but in my mind I felt grown….The only problem in the home was me. There I was almost thirteen and hated the world. I could not trust anyone. I didn’t want to trust anyone. How could I trust someone? I had to protect myself from hurt. The only way I could do that was to guard my heart….I messed up four homes because of this. Flower Girl, Age 18
I think that when you become an adult it’s just like a toddler you’re a caterpillar, and when you’re a kid you’re a cocoon and finally you become an adult which would be a butterfly. Jesse, Age 9
We should all make our foster care family a possibility.MeMe, Age 17
The best advice I have from one foster child to another is that you never give up….Never think that you are worthless. Jane, Age 10
Kids who stayed with their families were:
LESS likely to become juvenile delinquents
or teen mothers
and more likely to hold jobs as young adults than kids who were removed into foster care.
14% OF KIDS WHO STAYED WITH FAMILY WERE arrested at least once rather than
44% of kids who went to foster care!
33 % OF KIDS WHO STAYED WITH THEIR FAMILY BECAME teen mothers but more than half (56%) of Kids WHO WENT TO FOSTER CARE BECAME TEEN MOTHERS!
33% OF KIDS WHO STAYED WITH THEIR FAMILY held a job at least 3 months:as opposed to merely 20 % of the Kids Who Went to foster care!
Out of 500,000 children in U.S. foster care STATISTICS SHOW that foster children are more likely than other kids to drop out of school commit crimes, abuse drugs and become teen parents!
Teens aging out of foster care have spent nearly five years there. That’s twice the average length of time for all kids in the system.
Fewer than 3% of foster kids earn college degrees.
Teens in foster care are less likely to finish high school & more likely to go to prison or become homeless.
I HAVE ONE QUESTION:
WITH THESE STATISTICS – HOW CAN THE GOVERNMENT CALL CPS CHILD PROTECTIVE SERVICES??