“Throughout my life I have always had a heart to serve, but never felt the courage to step out in obedience. Over the last few years God has put me in specific places where I had to answer “Yes” to God or ignore the ache He put in my heart to serve. My husband and I opened our home to our first foster placement early this year, and instantly He put this mission on my heart. God has opened every door and shown me how ordinary people are called to do extraordinary things for His children. This is all for His glory.” – Kristen McClendon
“I have had a heart for fostering and adoption for many years. I have been inspired by my friends who foster and adopt. It is such hard, often thank less work. I am not in a position to foster, but feel called to help in some way to support these amazing foster families and kids. The Lord has graciously presented this opportunity to serve.” – Stephanie Toon
• Nationally, 50% of the homeless population spent time in foster care.
• Young women in foster care are more than 2x as likely as their peers (not in foster care) to become pregnant by age 19.
• Only about 50% of those who age out of care will obtain a high school diploma.
• 97% of children in foster care will not graduate from college, despite the fact that as wards of the state, they receive a full-ride to any state school of their choice.
It has been found that children who take part in the Love Box program:
- Are less likely to move. (Did you know that children in care move, on average, 7 times in 2 years?)
- Perform better in school.
- Are beginning to form attachments.
- Have increased self-worth.
- Have a life plan when they age out. (youth are encouraged to join a branch of service, enroll in college, or enroll in a trade school upon aging out of the system.)
Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much. - Helen Keller.