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"There are 400,000 children in foster care that deserve better.  After hearing the statistics, I can not accept the future these innocent children face.  I feel called to change the narrative and bring these children hope.  I want every child in foster care to know that they matter, that they have a purpose and that they were made for more than they could even imagine.  Every child needs to know that love can find them and that they are not alone." – Melissa Lindsley


Watch the founder's story below.



Statistics:

• 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.

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