The Children

Despite the fact that over 400,000 children are in foster care in the United States, foster children are often called “invisible” or “forgotten”, a voiceless population living in most communities without public notice. Each day, more children are taken from their families and homes due to neglect and abuse. On average, a child will experience three different placements while in foster care, but many have been in more than twenty! With each move, the child must learn the rules of a new home, re-establish themselves in a new school, and create new bonds with their foster family and friends.

Many foster children have missed out on things that should be a regular part of childhood: a bicycle, a birthday party, a prom, the chance to play baseball, football or soccer, someone to help them with homework, or even just the chance to enjoy new clothes. In the words of one young man who virtually grew up in foster care, “most foster children have never experienced a regular kid’s life…it’s the worst thing that can happen to anyone.”

Sadly, most foster children do not have a network of caring adults to help them as they face life’s challenges. There is no encouragement when they are uncertain. There is no loving hand to guide them through tough times. In addition, foster children are already at a disadvantage from their peers, because many have experienced severe physical and sexual abuse, neglect, and emotional trauma.

A few grim statistics illustrate the negative outcomes often experienced by children who have lived in foster care: only 52% of foster care alumni were employed at age 21; 25% of alumni experienced homelessness after aging out of care; 52% do not complete high school; only 3-11% of former foster children secure Bachelor’s Degrees.

Foster children need attention, encouragement, and often financial support to allow them to thrive and reach their goals. We believe that all foster children deserve a chance to live full and happy lives. The assistance we provide aids in changing the above-mentioned statistics by helping foster children develop social competence and self-assurance. By allowing them to gain confidence, they are more likely to succeed.

Since our inception in 1999, we have supported more than 35,000 children in foster care!

The foster children we help are extremely thankful to the Foundation and our ability to give them hope when all hope is lost. The following quotes are from a few of the foster children we’ve helped:

“Thank you very much for helping me with my dream of dancing. When I found out that Foster Angels was able to help me, tears filled my eyes. I appreciate your help more than you could know!” – Emily – 14 yrs.

“I would like to say thank you for my birthday present. I didn’t think I was going to get a present this year. It made my day!” – Michael – 17 yrs.

“Thank you for helping me and my brothers go to camp. We live in different foster homes and don’t get to see each other a lot. It was great to be with them for so long.” Ryan – 12 yrs.

“Thank you so much from the bottom of my heart. With your help I’m more confident and love waking up and getting dressed each morning. You have made an impact on my life and will always be remembered” – Rita – 16 yrs.

“I would really like to thank Foster Angels for your never ending support that makes life a lot easier. You help me maintain hope for the future.” Yuriana – 19 yrs.

Real Requests

Foster Angels receives requests from children on a daily basis. See examples of real requests.

Thank You Notes from The Children

See how you can make a difference in the life of a foster child. View thank you notes from the children.