By Randy C. Davis
TBC Executive Director
The words of Jesus pierce my heart as I read the facts about the state of children in our country. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services:
- There are more than 640,000 children in our country who spent time in out-of-home care (in foster care) during 2012 — nearly 400,000 of them on any given day.
- Children in foster care remain there on average two years and change locations nearly four times.
- The average age of these children bouncing from one house to the next is just 9 years old.
- Nearly 10 percent of children exiting foster care “age out,” meaning they’ve not been adopted, are no longer eligible for foster care and are turned out with little or no way to support them.