A REAL ANSWER
TO AN URGENT NEED
At any given time, there are approximately 15,000 children being served by the foster care system in Missouri. In 2016, over 7,500 children entered foster care, a 5.4% increase from the previous year. Across four agencies within Saint Louis PARTNERS, we care for nearly 600 children per year, and for more than 400 of these children on a daily basis. Our local need for foster care is very real and it is only increasing.
“Children and youth enter foster care through no fault of their own. They enter foster care because they have been abused, neglected or abandoned and are unable to continue living safely with their families. All of these children have experienced loss and some form of trauma. It’s our mission to see each child through this tragedy and into a chapter of security and trust that’s anchored in the care of a loving foster family...a very real answer to a very urgent need."
- Mike Fitzgerald, Saint Louis PARTNERS CEO
Each year, approximately 3 million children in the United States are involved in an investigation for child abuse or neglect. And according to the most recent federal data, there are more than 400,000 children in foster care today. In Missouri, our overall number of children in foster care continues to increase annually due to this staggering number, reinforcing the need for more loving foster families to provide stability for these kids.
For every single one of the Missouri children left with loss, neglect and trauma, our work is tireless and imperative. Every single foster family is vital to our mission.
MEET THIS NEED. HOW YOU CAN HELP.
We know that the success of foster care relies on pairing the right child with the right family.
While our needs change daily, we are currently generally in need of the following:
Families that can welcome a sibling group of 3
or more children to maintain the important
sibling bond during a challenging situation
Families that can welcome kids 8 years
of age and older – specifically many
that are 13-18 years old
Every family has their own unique approach to life and may be naturally set up to embrace some of these kids’ challenges more than others. We would love the opportunity to discuss how your family might be just the right fit for one of our amazing kids today. Contact us if you can help open your home to these children. Check out THE PROCESS to start your foster care journey and contact us if you can open your home to these children.