“I simply cannot imagine a world where either of my two toddlers go to bed at night without knowing how truly loved, safe and cherished they are. Sadly, there are too many children in this world who experience quite the opposite on a regular basis. When I heard about what Susan and National Angels were doing to help children struggling within the foster care system, I knew I had to get involved.
On any given day, there are well over 400,000 children in foster care in the United States, ranging from infants to 18 years old. Many of these kids have endured such physical and sexual abuse, emotional trauma and neglect that so many of us simply cannot imagine ourselves, let alone our children, living through. They need overwhelming support and guidance to rise above these experiences. But all too often, they spend years bouncing from home to home, living in continuously harmful conditions, or forced to settle for a group care living situation.
Not everyone is called to actually foster or adopt. But we can ALL make a difference in this issue. As a supporter of Houston Angels, you will enable us to show up for our local families who have decided to take this difficult path of fostering, and make sure every foster parent feels supported and heard. You will help us provide foster children with the consistent love and attention they so desperately need in order to go on to live happy and healthy lives. You will help us rally the Houston community together in a collective effort to break these cycles once and for all. There is a lot of work to be done and a lot of lives to be touched, and your donation will enable our team to get started on this journey. These children are the future, and they are depending on us to show them their worth and to see them through.” – Melissa McGrath
Watch the founder's story below.
• Nationally, 50% of the homeless population spent time in foster care.
• The pregnancy rate for girls ages 13 to 17 in Texas foster care is almost five times higher than the rate for other Texas girls in that age group.
• 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.