Seattle Angels believes that each and every person can have some part in loving and caring for the children that find themselves removed from their family of origin. Very few are called to become foster parents, yet each of us can play a part. Our program gives the opportunity to love through intentional giving, relationship building, and mentorship. Every child deserves to have a community of caring adults and we believe that our Love Box program can change the landscape for foster children and change the grim statistics for their future.
My personal interest in Austin Angels began almost 3 years ago and settled into my heart after spending the past 2 years as a foster mom to two boys. The way our community of friends wrapped our family in love with these additional kids is the model I wish to extend to all foster families. The feelings of outlandish love extended by community who are CHOOSING to love is a game changer for kids who have a predominant feeling that is just the opposite, that they are not chosen.
Our inaugural board consists of big hearts and strong minds that believe in our mission and some that have personally experienced the heartache and complexities of foster care. We have set a big fundraising goal to launch with quality and strength in order to serve as many foster youth in the Seattle area as possible.
Please join us today, financially, as we launch. Stay tuned for other ways YOU can participate in coming alongside the hard and beautiful work of foster families in our community." – Deb Christian
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.
• 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.