Thank you! We're making progress!
April 13, 2017
Help us help foster children! Help us find them their forever home!
What we are: Grant Me Hope is a marketing initative that works to help older foster children find their forever family. We do this by produing videos of the individual children who have hope of finding a family to call their own. These videos are a personal introduction. They talk about what they like do in their free time, their favorite school subjects and what they hope for in a family. The videos are aired on our partnering TV stations during their newscasts and shared on our social media sites. Each child has their own page on grantmehope.org.
Why this work is vital: Every year, more than 250,000 children enter the foster care system. The staggering majority are there as the result of abuse or neglect. For some, the goal is to reunite them with their parents or find them a permanent, safe home with a relative. But many end up wards of the state, in need of a loving, adoptive family.
When children reach the age of 9 or 10, they become increasingly hard to place in an adoptive family with every birthday they celebrate. When these children have a birthday, it's not necessarily a good day. It is marred by the fact they are now even closer to aging not without being adopted. Many of the children we produce videos of are 15 years old and older. Some simply hope for a family to celebrate holidays with.
We know there is someone out there for these teenagers who need love and guidance. We just have to find that person or couple!
The plight of the foster child: When these children age out -- more than 23,000 annually -- 25 percent of them become homeless. By the age of 24, half of them will have experienced unemployment as well. Statistics from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services shows these children do not fair well as adults without receiving a proper upbringing. They are more likely than their peers from the general public to experience homelessness, unemployment, drug or alcohol addiction, incarceration and post traumatic stress disorder. In addition, more than 30 percent of the men require government services to meet basic needs while 75 percent of the woman need public assistance. Roughly 14 percent of the girls are prgnant within one year of aging out of the system. By the age of 21, that number rises to 71 percent.
WE CHANGE LIVES! Think of the future we can give these children if we ensure they have a loving family to turn to!