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 The mission of Ampersand Families is to provide permanency and adoption services to older youth and families who face barriers to equity in child welfare, and to champion systemic changes that advance belonging, dignity and hope.

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