You may have seen the short segments on CBS4 called “Wednesday’s Child,” which highlights a child currently in Foster Care. It not only describes the basics, such as age, but it shares what the child is hoping for in a new family (eg, “I love fishing. And, it’s fun to see the girls run away when I try to show them my fish. I think fish are beautiful.”) See below for April 13th “event”
According to Raise the Future, approximately 25,000 youth age out (or “emancipate”) from foster care each year nationally – that’s 68 per day. More than 200 children emancipate each year from Colorado’s foster care system. Before the pandemic, one in five youth who aged out experienced homelessness by or before age 21. On average, only 23% of Colorado’s youth in foster care graduated high school on time, and only 50% of emancipated youth will be employed at age 24.
As the pandemic drags on, fewer foster families are signing on to support these youth, leaving them to face the economic recession, COVID health concerns (particularly for those housed in group homes and residential treatment centers), prolonged instability, and increased trauma — alone.
CHILD WELFARE STATISTICS:
There are about 5,000 youth living in foster care in Colorado right now. The child welfare system in Colorado prioritizes reunifying youth with their biological families whenever possible and works toward this goal with children who have entered the system. Luckily, most youth that touch the child welfare system are reunited with their biological families, but there are about 400 youth in Colorado right now for whom that just isn’t a possibility.
Raise the Future exists to help connect these youth with families, and support those relationships so that they last a lifetime.
Since 1983, Raise the Future has placed over 10,000 youth with loving families. Last year, 299 youth exited foster care into the home of a loving and stable adult, and Raise the Future provided training to 5,900 families and professionals, offering the skills and tools necessary to support them on their journey to permanency.
Raise the Future now serves all 64 Colorado counties with free family support services, offering trauma-responsive training, customized family coaching, support groups, respite care services, and more. For more information on how to access these services, visit Raise the Future or call (303) 755-4756.
April 13, 2022:
“A Day for Wednesday’s Child” = Tune in to this day-long event as Raise the Future works towards creating a world where no child waits for the love and support of a permanent family.
Information will be shared throughout the day, April 13, on CBS4 and KBCO (and streamed on CBS News Colorado) featuring Colorado children in foster care available for adoption! Hear their success stories, and information on “Raise the Future,” and celebrate the adoptive families. (Raise the Future also offers free support to the families — see below for the impressive details)
CBS4 anchor Mekialaya White will host the 2022 edition of A Day for Wednesday’s Child with coverage during all newscasts—CBS4 Morning News from 4:30 a.m. until 7 a.m., CBS4 News at noon, a 3-3:30 p.m. special streamed on CBS News Colorado, CBS4 News at 5 p.m., CBS4 News at 6 p.m., CBS4 News at 6:30 p.m. and CBS4 News at 10 p.m.
Viewers will be updated on adopted children and introduced to many children waiting for homes. Throughout the day, CBS4 viewers and 97.3 KBCO listeners are encouraged to reach out for information and make online donations.
“Youth in foster care need people, not just programs, to support them as they navigate life. That’s what we’re here to do – show up for these kids every day and connect them with adults they can rely on,” Chief Executive Officer Ann Ayers said. “Age or life circumstance should never be a barrier to experiencing the unconditional love and support of a family.”
For more information on A Day for Wednesday’s Child, please visit www.cbsdenver.com or Raise the Future at 303.755.4756 or 800.451.5246