Did you know that on any given day, there are approximately 428,000 children in the foster care system in the United States? The majority of those who age out of the system will end up homeless, in prison, be human trafficked or die within one year of aging out. However, it doesn’t have to be this way. Not On My Watch is a movement to get normal every day people involved and engaged in the child welfare crisis of this country. Today we are asking you to donate or volunteer to make a difference.
• 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.
We have the power, as a community, to change this.
How can you be the change? If you can't adopt, foster. If you can't foster, get respite certified. If you can't get respite certified, volunteer. If you can't volunteer, donate. If you can't donate, share this movement with your friends and family.
You can also purchase Not On My Watch t-shirts HERE and spread awareness everywhere you go!
National Angels wraps community around children in foster care, as well as their caretakers, by offering consistent support through intentional giving, relationship-building, and mentorship. They accomplish this through their Love Box program, which matches dedicated volunteers with children in foster care and their families. Volunteers meet practical, everyday needs while building intentional relationships with the family they serve each month. When foster families are matched with committed volunteers, parents feel supported and children gain a sense of belonging and self-confidence.
Watch the founder's story below.
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.
Visit our website to learn more: www.nationalangels.org