Foster CareEntering Foster Care: A child is removed from their birth
family and needs support and encouragement as they transition into
foster care. Gift for a Child is there with a care package.
Finding Family in Foster Care: A child in foster care won't
return to their birth family and needs our help finding a family to call
their own. Gift for a Child launches Operation Permanency program to
help connect children with loving adults.
Leaving Foster Care: Last year, 20,000 youth in the United
States left the foster care system at age 18 to live on their own. These
youth aged out of foster care with inadequate support, resources,
family connections, skills or options to compete in the workforce and
build successful lives. One-fourth of them will be homeless within a
matter of months. Only 2% will go to college. Gift for a Child launches
"Solutions for Success" program and enlists the business community to
help prepare older youth for life after foster care.
Foster Youth Quote About the Holidays:
"I try to make
my own traditions... in the past, I've volunteered a lot. I
send out cards to people who have made a positive difference in my life
just to let them know their impact. i make carmel popcorn sometimes,
and give it to people i care about. i also make hot apple cider because i
love the smell. I don't have any family or people I can spend the
holiday with, but I try to make the best of it."
Youth Quote About Being in Foster Care
"I recently turned 18. My case worker encouraged me to stay in
the system as long as i can which is my plan. Both of my parents are
dead (please don't say
your sorry because it doesn't really help). I have been in the system
since i was 4 and i just cant wait to get out! But i realize the
government is the only people I have in my life!"
Youth Quote About Believing in Themselves:
"I was always told I would never amount to anything. I can finally
stand here today even in the midst of all the problems I still have and
say i proved them wrong. I was nearing 19 when I left foster care and its been a journey. I finally am in college and
feeling better about myself. I dealt with the group homes, foster homes,
residentials and multiple mental health hospital stays."
Youth Quote About Overcoming Obstacles:
"Me and other foster youth know what it's like to go through
life solo. And even though we
need and deserve support and love from people around us, we are
conquerors, and we can take on the world and come out okay"
"It's been a few years now but my little brother and i
separated after being placed in our second foster home. Eventually, we
were separated. I haven't seen my little brother since 2000. My brother
would be almost 18 by now. Maybe if I
found him it would help me move on from the pain i still have."