Did you know there are over 2,000 children and youth in foster care across the Houston area? One out of five foster care youth become homeless at age 18. Fifty percent of foster homes close within the first year. Twenty thousand youth between the ages of 18-21 age out of the foster care system annually. While the statistics are sobering and can feel overwhelming, the truth is, we can all do a little something to make a big difference in the lives of kids and families in our area.
May is National Foster Care Month and we’re partnering with Houston Angels to bring you information about how you and your family can get involved in their incredible mission. Houston Angels’ goal is to build communities of people all across Greater Houston that literally change the way children, youth, and families experience foster care. They see their passionate donors, volunteers, mentors, partners, and advocates as ripples in the sea of change for the foster care community and they have the research to back it up! Houston Angels is committed to walk alongside those who are in the foster care community by offering consistent support and today they’re sharing with us how we can ALL get involved and make an impact.
More About Houston Angels
At Houston Angels, the vision is to ensure that every child, youth, and family in the foster care community has healthy, affirming, and lasting relationships. They do this by educating and empowering the local community and by recruiting compassionate, committed, and diverse volunteers to offer support through intentional giving, relationship building, and mentorship.
They one day hope to open National Angels chapters in every metropolitan city in the nation so every single child in foster care in the United States will be supported and empowered! They want to see every child reach their fullest potential and and have every fostering family supported along their journey.
Ways You Can Make a Difference
Anyone can make a difference, even if you’re not able to foster or adopt yourself. This month is a great time to have conversations with your own kids about the foster care system. It’s important to have age appropriate and meaningful conversations with our kids about hard things. Make sure to focus on how we can all be helpers! Emphasize that we can all do small things that help to make a difference in the world.
Currently, Houston Angels has four young men who will be graduating from high school this month, and they are needing help from the community to show them support for their big achievement! Click here to find their Amazon Wishlist and show your support in a tangible way. They also offer multiple volunteer opportunities and accept donations. You can give a one time gift or join the Angel Alliance and become a monthly donor!
You can also learn more about ways to get involved at Houston Angels’ upcoming Foster the Future Luncheon on May 19th. With code HOUSTONMOMS, our readers will receive 50% off tickets to the luncheon. All funds raised will support the mission of Houston Angels.
In whatever way you can, consider getting involved this month and become a part of the incredible mission of Houston Angels. When you support them, you can feel confident that you are investing in relational, community-based support that creates real social change. Let’s make a difference together!