Salem Angels Fundraiser
"The statistics are grim for children who spend time in foster care. Nationally, 50% of our homeless population have spent time in foster care, and about 50% of all youth who age out of the foster care system are incarcerated within two years. We want to be part of changing those statistics. To do so, we must make changes right where we are – one child at a time! To reach children, we must reach out to the families that care for them. As you read this, there are simply not enough homes for the number of children that need care in Salem. In 2019, there were nearly 1,000 children who spent time in foster care in Marion County alone. But there were only 232 certified foster homes to care for those children. Sadly, Marion County lost more foster homes than it gained last year. We know that not everyone may feel called to open their homes to foster, but we believe that everyone can make a difference in the life of a child experiencing foster care. By partnering with Salem Angels, you can help change the way that children and families experience foster care here in Salem, and hopefully, increase the number of homes and hearts being open and staying open because their family unit is being supported. You can walk alongside and encourage children experiencing foster care, as well as their caretakers. You can help provide youth with community, hope, and support as they dream and plan for their futures. You can be one additional healthy adult in their life, who knows the colors of their eyes and the passions of their hearts, and makes them feel seen, heard, and valued. Please join Salem Angels in our dream of transforming the foster care system in Marion County!" – Brooke Goldsby
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.