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child holding handsFoster children and youth, on average, move seven times before the age of 18, usually abruptly leaving their home with very few personal belongings.Through Families Helping Families of Iowa’s programs and services, we strive to make these transitions a bit more bearable.

We encourage businesses and individuals to learn more about foster care in the U.S. and especially in Iowa. With your support, donations and volunteering efforts, you can positively impact the life of families and children.

 By the Numbers – Iowa

  • Nearly 800 children in foster care in Cedar Rapids (2016)
  • Iowa is sixth in the nation for children in foster care (2015)
  • Over 4,500 children are in Iowa’s foster care system (2013)
  • More than 14,000 grandparents are raising their grandchildren
  • 85% of children reunified with their families were still with them 12 months later
  • A child is abused or neglected every 40 minutes in Iowa

Iowa Sources:

  1. Cedar Rapids Gazette – http://www.thegazette.com/subject/news/iowa-6th-in-nation-for-share-of-kids-in-foster-care-20150504
    Iowa DHS
  2. Iowa Data Center – http://www.iowadatacenter.org/data/dhs/foster-care
  3. AFCARS – https://www.acf.hhs.gov/sites/default/files/cb/afcarsreport22.pdf

By the Numbers – United States

  • More than 428,000 children in foster care, nationally on a day-to-day average (2015)
  • In 2015, more than 670,000 children nationally spent time in foster care
  • National median age of children in foster care: 9 years old (2015)
  • 37% of children find themselves in 2-3 different placements
  • 52% of foster children are male; 48% are female
  • 46% of children in foster care are in a foster family home, non-relative
  • 51% of children in foster care leave care to be reunited with parent(s) or primary caretaker(s)
  • 52% of children in foster care will graduate high school; 3% will attend college
  • 30% of nation’s homeless have been in foster care at some point in their life

Some children who enter foster care have experienced abandonment, mental injury, sexual abuse, physical abuse, neglect, denial of critical care, medical neglect or have been placed in other abuse situations. These children are then placed in a safe home and deemed a Child In Need of Assistance (CINA).

National Sources:

  1. AFCARS & Children’s Defense Fund – https://www.acf.hhs.gov/sites/default/files/cb/afcarsreport22.pdf
  2. Children’s Rights – http://www.childrensrights.org/newsroom/fact-sheets/foster-care/
  3. Child Welfare – https://www.childwelfare.gov/pubs/factsheets/foster/

Support Children in Your Community

Your giving – by donation, volunteering or supporting the Families Helping Families mission – can greatly impact the lives of children in foster care in Iowa. From funding programs and scholarships to providing materials, supplies and clothing during their transition process between homes, your support makes an important and lasting difference in the lives of Iowa’s foster children and teens.

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