Grant Me Hope works along side state and county human service agencies to help find adoptive homes for foster children who are available for adoption. These agencies work very hard for foster children to find them loving, adoptive homes.
But some children have a hard time finding placement, some because of their age, some want to be adopted with their siblings and some have higher needs. It is those children Grant Me Hope focuses on.
We do this because former foster youth are much more likely than the general population to fall into adverse circumstances after aging out of the foster care system:
- 25 percent will experience homelessness while still a young adult
- 48 percent will experience unemployment as a young adult
- They are 5 times more likely to experience Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Their rate of drug dependency is 7 times higher than their peers in the general public
- Their rate of alcohol dependency is 2 times higher than their peers in the general public
- Former female foster youth are 10 times more likely than other women of the same age to commit a crime and experience incarceration — male former foster youth are 4 times more likely
- 14 percent of female former foster youth will become mothers at age 19, the number rises substantially to 71 percent at the age of 21
- 75 percent of female former foster children need to receive government services to meet basic needs — compared to 33 percent of male former foster youth
- Roughly 2 percent further their education beyond high school
Adoption could change these statistics, yet every year, roughly 23,000 children age out of the foster care system alone.