KCMO Angels Fundraiser
"As you read this, there are over 18,000 children in the Missouri foster care system. 3,800 of those little lives are right here in the KCMO area. They have a list of odds stacked against them a mile long––making it nearly impossible to have a healthy and successful future. We know that children in the foster care system will move several times while in care (this is usually because foster parents feel ill-equipped or unsupported). In addition, about half of youth in foster care won’t graduate high school and only about 3% will graduate from college. It’s these facts and many more that have inspired us to bring help right here to KCMO! As a chapter of a national non-profit, we are going to work tirelessly to change these statistics one child at a time. We will do this through building relationships with the entire foster family, providing intentional gifting, and offering consistent and supportive mentorship. Our programs are formed around the Trust-Based Relational Intervention Model (TBRI) and through them, our other national chapters have seen youth in their programs thrive––and begin to dream of an amazing future! With your help we will be able to deploy our programs locally to every foster family who is in need of support. We are committed to not stopping until this goal is realized, and we cannot do it alone. As they say....’It takes a village’, and we appreciate your consideration of investing in ours. Please read below to see our company’s mission and watch a short and powerful video. Thank you for your support. Together we are blessed!" - KCMO Angels Board
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 National Angels mission video 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.
We have seen many of the children and youth in our programs:
- Move less often, due to increased family support
- Begin to make better grades
- Form attachments with volunteers
- Have increased self-worth
- Feel supported and identify goals
- 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.