May is Foster Care Month!

Did you Know?

  • 442,995 children are in the U.S. foster care system.
  • About 60% of sex trafficking victims were previously in the foster care or other child welfare system.
  • By age 19, the youth (who never placed in a permanent home) are more likely to have a criminal record than a high school diploma.
  • 20% of foster care children are homeless when they turn 18.
  • There are 123,437 foster children awaiting adoption.
  • 7 out of 10 girls who age out of the foster system will be pregnant by the time they turn 21.

Stats from Royal Family Kids of Colorado Springs, https://coloradosprings.royalfamilykids.org, a nonprofit that offers summer camp opportunities to foster kids.

How Can You Help?

There are many ways you can help a foster kid! An article in the Denver Post lists some great ideas!

  • Teach an older teen how to itnerview/apply for a job.
  • Become a mentor for teenagers.
  • Become a CASA, a court-appointed special advocate for a foster child in your county
  • Become a foster parent or a respite foster parent to give full-time foster parents a break
  • Support a scholarship program for aged-out foster youths

Consider partnering with Pawsitive Kidnections! We work specifically to bring joy into the lives of foster kids by connecting them with trained companion dogs!

$25 donation towards our Buddy Program

The Buddy program is a program dedicated to helping Foster Kids be able to foster an animal from the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region

$25.00

For Further Reading

  1. https://coloradosprings.royalfamilykids.org
  2. https://www.denverpost.com/2018/05/25/how-to-help-colorado-foster-kids/

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