These past couple of days, I cannot get the “statistics out of my head! I am easily brought to tears, and dreaming of ways we can save every child, because in my opinion, ONE child lost is one too many!
This year, 28,000 children will age out of foster care, meaning at the age of 18, they will be sent on their way, to live their life. These 28,000 children do not have forever families, forever homes and technically have no belonging to anyone. There are few that are blessed to be able to stay in the system until the age of 21. For those 28,000 aging out, 21,000 will in the first year find themselves in jail, homeless or dead. 70% of these women will find themselves pregnant. They are technically “nobody’s child.” They have no place to call home, no family birthdays to be celebrated, no holidays or any of the other things we often take for granted. While some keep in contact with their foster families or even attempt to reunite with their birth families, most will try to go it alone! They are, at the very young age of 18, on their own. The statistics push a little further to say that 1% of these children will attend college. That is 280 children out of 28,000!
These statistics keep me awake at night, they keep me fighting and wanting a change. I want to be the change in these lives, if it is empowering other families to explore foster care, or adoption, then I am up for that challenge. I find myself in constant conversation with others about our journey and about these children. I have come to one conclusion tonight. Whether it is serving in our orphan’s ministry at church or beyond those wall, I have come to the conclusion that I am called to advocate for these children… until the whole world hears. I know that alone, I cannot do this, and I know that God places these desires in our hearts to bring change and fulfill HIS purpose. Nobody’s child is unacceptable! We are all somebody’s child, we are all children of the one true king and I am grateful that He is breaking my heart for what breaks His!
Please, take a moment and listen to this beautiful song… Nobody’s Child by Amanda Williams ~
“Dear children, let’s not merely say that we love each other; let us show the truth by our actions.” 1 John 3:18 (NLT)
Matthew 6:21, “Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.” (NLT)