"I want a home that feels like a safe place, like I am part of the family."
Foster Child Age 8
Foster care families in Eastern Washington are burned out, stressed out, and emotionally isolated.
The system is in urgent need of new families because of a growing stream of children in need of foster care.
Existing foster families experience high levels of emotional stress, physical fatigue, burnout, financial challenges and low retention because of social isolation and the significant challenges of caring for foster children who often require a much higher level of care.
The combination of isolation, the demands of parenting emotionally draining children, and inadequate funds contributes to low retention of foster families and heightens the risk of child abuse. This has devastating results on the children in the system. They find themselves shuttled from home to home, which reinforces their sense that they have been rejected and abandoned and are simply unwanted.
"Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you." (James 1:27 NLT)
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