"In the last four years being back in Knoxville, the
discussion around foster care kept being presented to me in a number of
different ways. I began to ask questions and listen to the stories around me,
and God began to prepare my heart for something. I didn't know what that
"something" was, but I spent two years praying and waiting, and in
that time was introduced to Austin Angels. Once I learned that National Angels
chapters were being launched, I knew immediately that Knoxville Angels was what
God had been preparing my heart for. Our community is full of amazing people
doing great things for the foster care community, and Knoxville Angels will be
an amazing addition to those offerings. Knoxville Angels will ensure that every
foster child in Knox and Blount counties will feel loved, valued and empowered.
and that every foster family will be supported and given the tools they need to
love those children well." – Bethany Yandell
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.