Atlanta Angels Fundraiser
"There are over 5,000 children in the foster system in the greater Atlanta area. Five years ago, our daughter was one of them. Today, she is a happy, flourishing, adopted, and incredibly loved little girl. The desire to launch Atlanta Angels was born out of the pain of the knowledge that her story is an exception, and the call to change the story. There are young adults aging out of foster care every day. There are foster families closing their homes and children being displaced. In Fulton County alone, 68% of children are placed in homes outside of the county due to the shortage of foster placements. While we can't adopt every child in foster care, we can have a positive impact on each one. We can begin to heal their trauma through relationships. We can make sure that 'every child has a healthy adult who knows the colors of their eyes and the passions of their heart.' We can provide their caretakers with encouragement and support. As a community, we can do better. Join us in our vision to see every foster parent supported and every child in foster care know that they are valued, loved, and worthy in the metro-Atlanta area." – Christie Simons
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.