Children need love, care, and safety; they need families

The Greatest terror a child can have is that he is not loved, and rejection is the hell of fears...... And, with rejection comes anger, and with anger some kind of crime in revenge for the rejection, and with crime, guilt - and there is the story of humankind. John Steinbeck, East of Eden

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Number of Children and Youth in the System in Virginia

According to Voices of Virginia,

Over 6,900 children in Virginia are in foster care.

Over 55% of children in foster care are 13 and older (3,795 youth).

20% of all children and youth in foster care live in group homes and institutions (1,371 children and youth).

For thousands of these children and youth (38%, 2,635 youth), the goal set forth in their foster care plan does not lead to a permanent family.

We need to get our children home! These children need families. We cannot afford to keep children institutionalized, being raised by workers rather than parents. We must find a way to get them reunited with their families or in a new permanent family.

These children need to be out of the system!

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