We face a modern orphan crisis.
Pressed for time, social workers rush to pair traumatized children with over-taxed foster families. The huge burden of foster care is shouldered by a small group of heroic families. It often becomes too heavy, and children are displaced again. The average foster child is moved 3 times. This culture of shortage and instability has a devastating effect. Foster children are two times more likely to suffer from PTSD than veterans returning from a warzone.
With 400,000 foster children now in care, the time has come for a thoughtful, sustainable solution to this complex problem.
This is Skookum Kids.
Our first initiative is to create a volunteer-staffed facility to care for children entering or transitioning into foster care. With the children safe in our care during their first week of foster care, we buy critical time for caseworkers to find the right long-term placement. Our hope is that no child from our community would ever be placed in haste.
In our second program, we recruit, train, and conduct home-studies for families hoping to become foster parents with an eye toward alleviating our community's acute shortage of respite care providers.
We need you!
There are many ways to get involved. Please consider partnering with us as either a financial contributor or volunteer. Problems like the one we're trying to solve are rarely overcome without a large team of generous supporters.
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