National Adoption Month is a collective national effort to raise awareness of the more than 100,000 children in foster care waiting to find permanent, loving families.
This National Adoption Month, The Barker Adoption Foundation and Project Wait No Longer aim to raise enough money to raise $15,000 to cover the cost of services associated with placing an older foster youth with a permanent family.
ALL money goes directly toward the costs associated with recruiting and training the compassionate parents who are willing and able to raise an older foster youth with a history of trauma and neglect.
The Barker Adoption Foundation’s Project Wait No Longer (PWNL) matches older children waiting in foster care with caring, permanent adoptive families.
To date, PWNL has found forever families for over 70 older foster youth from around the country (average age over 12 years old).
Foster Care in the US Today:
- 100,000+ foster children are currently waiting for families
- 22,000+ foster youth “age out” of the system each year and are more likely to experience homelessness, unintended pregnancy, addiction and incarceration
- $300,000 is the estimated cost of social services incurred when a child “ages out” of foster care
- The Barker Adoption Foundation spends approximately $15,000 to cover the cost of services associated with recruiting adoptive parents and working with social services workers across the country to identify the children who are waiting for permanent and loving families
- The average child in foster care is 10+ years old
The campaign ends December 28.