Fostering Hope is a ministry based at Hope Church in Las Vegas, Nevada. In the United States, there are currently over 500,000 children in the foster care system. This number equates to approximately one in 184 children in foster care. Each year over 250,000 children are introduced into the system while roughly 230,000 exit the system. Leaving the system does not mean all of these children are now in safe, loving homes. Approximately 22,000 youth “age out” of the system every year.
The results of those youth are as follows:
- 1 in 5 will become homeless.
- Only half will be employed by age 24.
- Less than 3% will earn a college degree.
In Clark County, there are approximately 3,500 children in foster care ranging in age from birth to eighteen years old. A heart wrenching 28% of these children have experienced four or more placements within the system. In February of 2017, Clark County reported 1002 licensed foster homes, leaving a large discrepancy between available homes and children needing placement. Fostering Hope desires to lead by example in serving and loving these children and families in Clark County. We can and will make a difference by seeing new families certified, providing ongoing support for current foster parents, leading efforts to create awareness of this need, and meeting the practical needs of local agencies who are caring for children. Our prayer is that one day the foster care system in our city will have families waiting on children instead of children waiting on families.