Foster Care Awareness Month

Your DGB for today is to watch the short film ReMoved for Foster Care Awareness Month (follow the link and click “watch”.)

ReMoved is a film directed by Nathanael Matanick and is utilized by social service agencies throughout the nation as a training tool for social workers, foster parents, and service providers. The film is poignant and painful and we’re asking you to watch the film because it captures the reality of the child protection system in a way that is more powerful than words can convey. The film is approximately 30 minutes long and has two parts. Yes, it’s more than the usual 5 minute DGB time commitment, but it’s worth it. If you feel it may be triggering for you, please don’t watch, but if you choose to, remember to bring the tissues.

Some statistics to keep in mind as you watch the film:

 

  • Over 400,000 children are currently in foster care in the United States

 

  • More than half of children in foster care are in the process of being reunited with their biological families

 

  • 43% of youth in foster care do not graduate high school

 

  • Over half of youth are unemployed within three years of aging out of foster care

 

  • 25% of youth become homeless within 2 years of aging out of foster care

 

  • Girls who have been in foster care are 2.5 times more likely to be pregnant by the time they are 19

 

Sources: https://www.childwelfare.gov/pubPDFs/foster.pdf & https://www.removedfilm.com/

Foster families and other service providers have the awesome and humbling task of supporting bio families and children with the hope of reunification. More often than not, reunification is the healthiest option for children who are removed from their homes. While there are no easy routes in child protection or foster care, the end goal of helping families succeed is one of the most important roles in our society today.