Our country's displaced children . . .
By “displaced children” we are referring to children who are not currently being cared for by at least one mature adult in a committed, lifelong relationship.
“Angie” has been in 24 different foster houses and group homes... she’s 14.
Why? Lack of resources, fundamental misinformation, and wrong assumptions. Let’s stop “giving” kids to the state. Our aim is to bring this to the attention of both the public and policy makers so we can bring these children home.
. . . can go home.
For example, the majority of children in Foster Care can and should go back to their families. And, yes, their families often need some support, but these supports are more effective (and cheaper) than institutional care. In 2006, 53 percent of children who exited foster care were reunified with their birth families.
There are 750,000 displaced children in this country. Children who are in the care of no one, who are not being raised by a familiy. They are not with their parents and immediate family due to a variety of reasons.
They may live in group homes, orphanages, reformatories, foster houses, hospitals, training schools, or on the streets.
We have realistic hope that the day will come when there will be no displaced children among us.
When this isn’t practical or possible we look to our community. If only 1% of our families step forward, all our children will have homes.
Many recent developments are making this more possible than ever.
Children NEED Parents' focus is to generate 5,000,000 signatures on our petition. We feel this will authorize policy makers and systems to do the difficult work of making this happen.
Endorsement of the Campaign, further information, and referrals to children’s service agencies as well as volunteering and donations can be made at:
282 Warwick St.
Brooklyn, NY 11207-3214
The creator and leader, Brother Terry Taffe OFM Cap., MA, LMSW, began working for the kids in 1977. He is a Catholic monk (Capuchin Franciscan). For more information on Brother Taffe.