I did some research today, the first day of December, on children in foster care. This is the month we celebrate Christmas, the month we celebrate family. The research broke my heart. 463,000 children in foster care in 2011. Can you picture 463,000 people in one space? Wait, lets put that into perspective. Invesco Field seats 76,125 people. Now imagine the size of a stadium that would seat all our foster children. That would be SIX stadiums the size of Invesco. Children of all different races, sizes, and ages. I picture an endless sea of faces, the faces of our nation's foster children.
Our country is in crisis with our foster kids. Most people don't want to look at the ugly truth and even fewer people think they can change it. But they can, and should. More on that in future blogs. In the meantime, let me leave you with one place you CAN help. Make a donation to a local adoption ANYTHING. An adoption support group (check local churches), an online photo listing of waiting children (The Adoption Exchange is my favorite) your local department of children and family services. Do a search for "adoption" at www.givingfirst.org Just do something this holiday season that supports the fatherless children in your community.