"I truly feel called to make a difference in the lives of both the foster child and the amazing people who decide to foster and adopt these precious children. You cannot ignore the heart breaking stories and statistics of innocent children living in our own backyard that have been abandoned, starved, raped, ignored and traumatized. The terrifying realization that these kids' futures could include jail, drug abuse, pregnancy, homelessness, human trafficking and more if we don’t step in and help walk alongside them. I am compelled by my belief that God created them, loves them, values them, and died for them, just like He did for all of us! But, for many of us becoming a foster parent isn’t an option or it isn’t an option right now. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t other ways we can all help. I know that together we can create a village to support and surround these families with our time, talent, love and skills and make an impact and create a change." – Susan Anderson
"Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute...defend the rights of the poor and needy." -Proverbs 31:8-9
• 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.