While at Children’s Law Center, I saw firsthand, the adverse impact foster care has on abused, abandoned and neglected children. Not only is the State is a terrible parent for foster children, but it fails in its essential purpose of finding adoptive parents for these children. Did you know that 93% of children 12 and older who end up with the State as parents leave care without a permanent family?

Removed from family, displaced by the child welfare system, and invisible to society, these teens become our community’s most lonely and disengaged adults. The challenges faced by these teens are numerous. Unlike our own children, they leave foster care with no home, no financial support and no loving parachute called a family. Their odds will improve only when we commit to restoring them into permanent, loving families.

Board Member Reflections

About Me Linda joined the Ampersand Families Board because she believes that every child deserves a permanent, loving family. As the past Executive Director of Children’s Law Center of Minnesota, an organization dedicated to fighting for the rights and interests of children and youth in the Minnesota Child Protection system, she saw firsthand what happens to foster children who get lost in the system and age out without connections to permanent families.

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