It's hard to imagine a child without a family. No mom or dad to tuck them into bed at night or to kiss away their tears. Sadly, that's the reality for hundreds of kids in our community.
How great the need is, some of these children will never return to their families or get adopted, and when they're too old for foster care, many end up on the streets, in prison, or worse.
One reason it can be so difficult to find homes for these kids is that many are lumped into the category of special needs.
When we hear the term special needs, most of us think of a child with disabilities, but in the world of foster care, special needs could mean any child who is over the age of 8, is African American or
bi-racial or has a sibling they are hoping to be adopted with.
This is a definition within federal guidelines dating back decades.
Of the many children hoping for a forever family, teens wait the longest. The reason? most people think older kids in foster care are there because they've done something wrong, but that's just not true.
Foster kids are in care because they've had things done wrong to them.