Essay Children With Children Living Without Families

2130 Words May 5th, 2016 9 Pages
Around the world, the total number of children living without families they can call their own recently surpassed 160 million (Brown). In the United States alone, around four hundred thousand kids live in a foster care house or other type of nonpermanent home (Bynes). Each year, close to half of these children reunite with their biological families, which, although believed to be the ideal solution, does not always make the child’s safety and well-being the top priority. A smaller amount of the children in foster homes leave their biological parents permanently and have the chance of finding happiness with their new adoptive families. Unfortunately, the number of kids living without any parents is only increasing; thus, foster homes will always be full. For many of these children, as they grow older, the hope of becoming adopted slowly dwindles until they finally reach young adulthood. The foster care system then requires these teenagers to leave their foster homes, forcing them to learn to navigate life on their own with very few resources and little guidance.
"We are dealing with an antiquated foster care system. There is a push for reform, but it is slow to change," explains Victoria Rowell, the founder of the Foster Children’s Positive Plan, a scholarship fund for arts and sports-related training programs (“Foster care”). The United States regularly forgets its responsibility to aid these kids and continues to fail to protect its nation’s foster children. Both federal…

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