One of the most vulnerable points for children in the foster care system comes when they turn 18 (or in some states 21). That’s when they “age out” of the system. No longer the responsibility of foster parents, or financially supported by the system, they are considered adults and are expected to sink or swim on their own.
Too many of them sink. Nationwide over 20,000 kids “age out” each year.
1 in 4 of them are incarcerated within 2 years.
1 in 5 become homeless.
Only half graduate high school.
Less than 3% graduate from college.
Without the support of a family, navigating the basics of life like how to budget, how to get healthcare, how to find a place to live, etc… all fall on this newly deemed “adult.”
We believe this is a justice issue that is close to God’s heart.
God presides over heaven’s court; “Give justice to the poor and the orphan;
uphold the rights of the oppressed and the destitute.
Rescue the poor and helpless;
deliver them from the grasp of evil people. Psalm 82:1,3-4
Prayer: God, we pray to you because you are both the Just Judge and our Loving Father. We know we live in a broken world. Forgive us for our contributions to its brokenness. Today we ask that you are near to the children who are aging out of the foster care system without family support. Be their guide and their light. Father, we ask for ways to meaningfully connect them to your family of believers for guidance, mentorship, and support. God we also ask for adoptive families for all of the older children in foster care who are available for adoption. Call more of your people to take up the cause of the fatherless. In Jesus’ name, Amen.