"We believe that every child deserves the opportunity to feel safe, to be loved, to attend school, to learn how they can change the world, to dream. From the first moment we heard about the Austin Angels program, we immediately felt a tug on our hearts to get involved and form a local chapter. Our goal is to make an impact by coming alongside foster children and parents to provide support during their journey. We want to bring awareness to our community related to the needs of foster children and families then work to fill in the gaps by leveraging community support along the way.
We want to form positive relationships with foster families, foster children and foster organizations in our community - these relationships will benefit those inside and outside the foster care community. We can all do "something" to make a difference and we want to change the foster care program in our community." – Judy Temaat
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.