Foster Care System Faces Problems
By LOGAN NAKYANZI
More than half a million children are in foster care in the United States today — roughly double the number who were in foster care in the mid-1980s, according to the Child Welfare League of America.
"Having thousands of kids in foster care is a cause for concern because it's at an enormous financial and human cost," says Carrie Friedman, who runs the the CWLA's national database of child welfare statistics. The number of children in foster care nationwide fluctuates between 550,000 and 600,000, according to Friedman.
Need For Families & Support
Some advocates also argue for greater efforts to strengthen the impoverished communities where foster children often come from. When communities break down, foster rolls grow and the cycle feeds itself, they say. Because of the connectedness between the health of communities and the safety of kids, many experts recommend child welfare agencies look to rebuild old-fashioned safety nets.
Foster Kids Can Be Great Achievers!
Cleveland was also where Antwone Fisher, the man whose life inspired Denzel Washington's new movie, spent years in foster care.
Despite difficult circumstances, foster kids can be great achievers, advocates say. As well as Fisher, basketball star Alonzo Mourning and actor Victoria Rowell were both foster children. Mourning and Rowell now advocate for foster kids. Read Full ABC News Report by Logan Nakyanzi
To learn more and find out what you can do to help, visit www.FosterCareInfo.org, a Web site run by Casey Family Programs, or call 1-877-TEN-WAYS (1-877-836-9297).
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