More than 50% of foster parents quit within their first year of service. An estimated 65% of adoptive placements disrupt, which results in returning the children to foster care. This failure rate is one of the primary drivers creating Florida’s child welfare crisis, in which there are not enough foster and adoptive families to care for vulnerable children.
Because of this shortage of available families, residential group facilities (or modern-day orphanages) have become the default solution for nearly 25% of Florida’s children entering into foster care. This is a tragedy, as research is clear that children who grow up in these facilities without a permanent family face a frightening future excluded from the opportunities and quality of life that are normal for most.
Children enter foster care for any number of reasons: neglect, parents incarceration, or physical, emotional, or sexual abuse. These reasons could lead to potential challenges and different behaviors of the foster child within a new foster home. Other challenges may include the incorporation of foster children into a home where children are already present. Certain behaviors may be learned from the foster child and vis versa. However, with the help of Florida 1.27, a local church, and church community members around you, these possible challenges can be overcome. Fostering a child can not only change their life, but it can change your family’s life as well by teaching you and your children the value of serving others.