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5,010 Kids are in Foster Care Right Now
Imagine being 13 years old and being awakened in the middle of the night by a stranger…
who tells you in a gentle, yet unfamiliar voice, that you must leave home, due to a crisis that has nothing to do with you. And then in the midst of this turmoil you and your siblings are separated and placed in different homes.
Kids enter the foster care system through no fault of their own. These children need, safe, sustainable foster families but often they experience additional trauma navigating multiple placements, school changes, social worker shifts, and increased mental health challenges.
THE social cost
Permanence and a sense of belonging are crucial to the development of a child. A loving, safe, and supportive family provides both of these things. When a child is without a family, the results can be tragic.
THE financial cost
Every child who ages out of the foster care system costs taxpayers and communities an average of
over the child's lifetime
A collaborative effort uniting
to ensure every child in Virginia
is in a loving home.
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