An article in the October 25, 2019, issue of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that the number of children in the U. S. foster care system has dropped for the first time since 2012. The annual report from the Department of Health and Human Services counted 437,283 children in foster care as of September 30, 2018, down from about 441,000 a year earlier. The new data also showed that a record 63,100 children were adopted out of the U. S. child welfare system in the 2018 fiscal year, up from 59,500 in 2017. However, the number of children in foster care waiting to be adopted increased from 123,754 to 125,400.
Bringing those numbers down to Missouri, the caseload counter on the website of the Children's Division of the Department of Social Services for September 2019 indicates there are 13,767 children in foster care in our state and there are 2,594 children awaiting adoption.
During calendar year 2018, MBCH helped facilitate 177 children moving to permanency with approximately one-half returning home with biological parents or being placed with relatives and the other half being adopted. During the first three quarters of this year, we have had 155 reach permanency (again half returned to parents or placed with relatives and the other half adopted).
Thank you for your partnership in helping us successfully give these children "forever homes." And thank you for your continuing involvement in helping to meet the needs of those many others who need loving homes.
MBCH is committed to serving God by responding to the needs of children, youth, and families to make a lasting difference in their lives. I would encourage you to contact us to learn more about how you might join us in this mission as we change the world--one child at a time.
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