A Loving Shelter: Giving Hope to Foster Children
In Georgia, there are more than 10,000 children who are or have been victims of abuse, neglect, or abandonment. The children find themselves either stuck in a cycle with their abusive parents or on the streets to fend for themselves.
One in 30 American children is homeless, reports NBC, and only a fraction of that number have opportunities of being put up for adoption or living in a foster home. Although many companies offer grants for group residential structures, apparently not a lot of people take advantage of it.
Sense of Urgency
From last year, the number of kids in the streets increased by 8%, a “historic high,” remarked the National Center on Family Homelessness. The numbers reached a total of about 2.5 million kids, with over of half of them just six years old or even younger.
Carmela DeCandia, co-author of the report, believes that poverty is the ultimate culprit for the homelessness of children. About 20% of American children live below the poverty line, rendering small financial setbacks immensely catastrophic to a struggling family.
Kids are the collateral damage to stagnant wages and rising rents in the country’s era of economic recovery. Children affected by poverty end up chronically hungry, exhausted, or stressed, creating higher risks for mental health issues.
A Glimmer of Hope
Ascension Parish residents Courtney Dumas and her husband sought to address the dire need for foster homes as well as foster parents. They took on foster teaching roles with Together We Rise, a non-profit organization and center for foster children, to nurture the kids until they finally find their adoptive families.
Despite the emotional dent left by children who eventually leave, teachers continue to give their 110% to anyone who comes in and out of Together We Rise. What Dumas wants is to encourage more families and social groups to help children in need.
With more accessible foster opportunities, children no longer have to remain in abusive homes or roam the streets hungry. The people who make foster care possible deserve credit — because every helping hand makes a difference.