Foster Care Open House

Lifestyle
January 22, 2015

There is still a great need for foster parents in our area, especially to teenagers who need a safe and stable home life. They are not ready and not old enough to move out on their own, and they do not have a family to turn to.

“Youth do not choose to be placed in the foster care system. They are victims of neglect, abuse, and dysfunction. Our program specializes in working with prospective foster parents to help teenagers who are at the point in life to learn life skills and finish high school,” says Audrey Buescher, UMCH Foster Care Licensing Representative.

More than 20,000 youth “age out” of foster care each year, according to US Department of Health and Human Services. Roughly half of these young adults drop out of high school. By the age of 26, only 2.5% of former foster children graduate college in the Midwest, according to research done by University of Chicago.

United Methodist Children’s Home Foster Care is unique in teaching and preparing parents and providing services to the teenagers in the program. The parents meet monthly with the foster care clinical team as a support system, so they can learn from each other.

“The teenagers who leave our program as young adults have a better chance in society than other programs. We help them get started with a job, college, and find resources until they are 21 years old,” says Audrey.

There is a need in our communities for foster parents. If you would like to find out how you can help, UMCH is hosting a Foster Care Open House on Wednesday, January 28, at 201 North 27th Street in Mt. Vernon. Anyone interested should inquire anytime between 2:00pm and 6:00pm or call Audrey at (618) 242-5600 ext. 243.

More information on statistics can be found in this article: http://www.npr.org/blogs/ed/2015/01/05/368436717/from-foster-care-to-freshman-year