all kids deserve this

Children Need Parents was created to raise awareness of the crisis in the Foster Care system.

One of our goals is to generate 5,000,000 signatures on our petition. We feel this will authorize policy makers to do the difficult work of changing this system.

Please help us by signing our petition - click here.

We feel the majority of children in Foster Care can and should go back to their families.

There are 750,000 displaced children in this country. These are children who are in the care of no one, who are not being raised by a family. They may live in group homes, orphanages, reformatories, foster houses, hospitals, training schools, or on the streets.

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.

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.

Our country's displaced children can go home.

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“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. We have a 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.

  • Best Practices have improved both by utilizing technology to share information between agencies and by recognizing that all kind of families can fit with all kinds of children.
  • The legal structure has improved to be more aware of the psychological effects of displacement on children.
  • Families are more adaptable. Adoption takes many forms and families come in many shapes.
  • Public communications have been improved. We’ve begun to introduce the kids to the public - instead of hiding them away.

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