Are you aware of what is currently happening in foster care? In light of May being Foster Care Awareness Month, we would like to share some Washington state and City Ministries CPA statistics.
–There is a shortage of foster homes while the numbers of children entering out of home care in Washington continues to increase
–A growing number of children removed from home stay in hotels in night to night placements waiting for a suitable home to be placed in
–Over half of the children placed in foster care in Washington state in 2016 were under 5 years old
–City Ministries Child CPA was launched over ten years ago, it has both a foster care and adoption program, and has been licensing foster and adoptive families in King and Snohomish County
–With the help of many generous donors, City Ministries CPA built the Rose Hill Cottages, a community of affordable homes specifically for foster families licensed with City Ministries CPA caring for children
–City Ministries CPA staff provides 24-hour wraparound support to foster families who have children placed with them
–Out of over 100 children who were placed with City Ministries CPA foster families 90 of them reunified with their biological family, 12 transitioned to forever homes, 6 were adopted, and only 5 of them had placement disruptions
–City Ministries has had over 100 volunteers giving their time and skills to help in the community, including helping with the food distribution program and warehouse, supervising visits between biological parents and their children, providing office support, baby-sitting foster children, and helping at monthly Children’s Activities
–City Ministries CPA has had more than 1000 donors who gave of their resources to invest into the vision and mission of City Ministries CPA and support the work done to help vulnerable children in the community
Now, more than ever our community needs people with a heart for foster children to step up and help! Whether it’s by becoming a licensed foster parent, volunteering your time, or giving of your resources, there is a way that you can contribute and make a difference in the life of a child in need. If you would like to learn more about City Ministries Child Placement Agency and how you can get involved, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We would love to connect with you!