Love Mondays: Washington’s Foster Care Crisis
Washington’s foster care system is in crisis. Despite ever-growing need, the number of foster homes has dropped by 1,000 in recent years. There are an estimated 9,000 foster children in the state, and of those, around 600 are in therapeutic foster care or rehabilitative services, the highest-need tier. The number of Clark County homes for those vulnerable children? Six.
As a result, kids who can’t get a placement are having to sleeping in DSHS office lobbies or hotels. These children are in need of stability and support during this challenging time in their lives, and if they can’t be placed in homes or have to move between homes too frequently, they could face mental health issues, drug use, or even jail time.
Real Life is hosting an info night with Catholic Community Services, a local service organization, to spread the word about becoming a foster parent. Real Life community member Sarah and her coworker will share about their experiences with CCS and what the organization offers to support foster parents, while current foster parents from our own community will share their stories about caring for foster children. Come hear the full story about becoming a foster parent and how you can change a child’s life!
This event is free and it runs from 6:30-7:30pm, Tuesday, Oct. 25th.