Stability and permanence. Take a moment to reflect upon what these mean for you. It probably means something different for everyone. Perhaps for you it is having a stable job, a solid and loving family, a permanent place to call home.
For many children across the United States, the truth is stability and permanence are lost when they are removed from their families and homes and are placed into the uncertainty of foster care.
Recent reports state that, in the United States, there are more than 408,000* children in the foster care system and 2,712,000** children living in public and private kinship care. In Washington State over 10,000 are in foster care and 53,000 are in kinship care. Too many children go without a childhood that prepares them for a bright future.
Hope Lights Community is our solution to eliminate the hopelessness and lack of belonging these children have. It is an innovative approach to how we care for disadvantaged children. Hope Lights is a community created with the purpose of supporting each child and family that lives there — in turn, all members are able to heal and enrich each other’s lives.
Learn more about how a multigenerational community model benefits children, parents, and elders in our unique community!
*According to the Adoption and foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS) FY2010 data. Click here to view the full report.
**Data taken from the Annie E. Casey Foundation Stepping Up For Kids, Kids Count Policy Report. Click here to view the full report.