The question can be asked: “When is a person too old to need a parent?”
The answer…NEVER. Life is full of events and decisions: how to deal with peer pressure, who to date, getting ready for the prom, high school graduation, what job to apply for, what college to go to, when to save and when to buy, weddings, birth of children. Many of the children in foster care grow up to be young adults with no family ties. They have no one to turn to for advice or to help celebrate their life accomplishments or support them through life’s disappointments.
20,000 - 25,000 foster children “age out” of foster care each year with no permanent family connections. Statistics show that such children have a higher rate of substance abuse, early parenting, homelessness, health problems, incarceration, and living on public assistance. Many programs are working on the important task of supporting older youth who have already aged out of care.
Project Wait No Longer is focused on facilitating a permanent solution to this problem. Everyone can be a part of this solution: families interested in adoption, concerned community members, and students interested in child welfare. Contact us today to see how you can help find families for older children waiting in foster care!