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» Each year, an estimated 20,000 young people in the U.S. foster-care system turn 18 and are turned away from further support and services.

» What happens to young people who are removed from foster care after turning 18?

54% Earned a high school diploma
2% Obtained a Bachelor’s degree or higher
51% Were unemployed
30% Had no health insurance
25% Had been homeless
30% Were receiving public assistance

» 30 percent of all U.S. homeless adults have spent time in the foster care system.

» 60 percent of young women had children within four years after leaving foster care.

From Cry of the Orphan


Well, Saturday, November 1st was our 28th wedding anniversary and we spent it working on the house and being interviewed for our Foster Care licensing home study.  Brent, Taylor, and I were each interviewed individually and asked about our parents, childhoods, hobbies and interests, education, schools we attended, etc.  We got a quick prescreening of the house for our physical standards and we still need to:  get the dog vaccinated, post the emergency numbers and fire escape plan on the refrigerator, get another carbon monoxide detector, and one more bunk bed.  Finish moving dressers around, make up all the beds, etc and be ready to show that we are ready to accept up to four children.  We are making progress!  She will be back on Saturday, November 15th for our last (if we pass) visit. 

Thursday night will be class number 8 out of 10 so we are counting down to the end!  We were excited to hear that class 9 is a panel discussion with current foster kids, parents, an adoption lawyer, and other experts that we can ask questions.

We were very excited to recently hear from another FCC family that is interested in adopting from foster care!!  Let’s hope this spreads like wildfire. 

Psalm 68:5-6a “A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling. God sets the lonely in families…” (NIV)

Ephesians 1:3-5 “How we praise God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because we belong to Christ. Long ago, even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes. His unchanging plan has always been to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. And this gave him great pleasure.”

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