Orphans and Foster Care Children

Through my (Papa Joe’s) travels of speaking on behalf of at-risk children, I’ve noticed that when an American hears the word “orphan” they usually think of Haiti or a country in Africa. Surely this would not be a problem right here in one of the world’s richest countries. We need to be aware of the facts. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, there are about 123,000 orphans in America.

The Orphan Coalition (orphancoalition.org) reports in 2014:

“These are typically kids who’ve entered the foster care system because they were abused, neglected, or abandoned and are available for adoption into new homes. However, that doesn’t mean there are only 123,000 children in foster care. The foster care population is nearly four times larger — about 463,000.”

Many foster homes need help supporting these children who have been torn from normal family life. Let’s help these kids see that they are loved by fulfilling their needs!