About The Give and Care Foundation
Vision: The Give and Care Foundation strives to enrich the lives of foster care youth to develop well rounded, successful adults/leaders that actively engage their community and reach their full potential.
Mission: The Give and Care Foundation challenges youth to take an active role in their own futures by fostering a sense of community and family in which youth can thrive by providing opportunities for youth to be goal driven, healthy, and productive individuals today and in the future.
Why it is Essential to Help?
Nationally, each year, an estimated 21,720 young people “age out” of the U.S. foster care system. Many are only 18 years old and still need support and services. Several foster care alumni studies have shown that without a lifelong connection to a caring adult, these older youth are often left vulnerable and unprepared for adulthood. Of foster care youth “aged out” of the system each year:
- 54% earn a high school diploma
- 02% earn a bachelor’s degree or higher
- 84% become a parent,
- 51% are unemployed,
- 30% revive public assistance
- 30% have no health insurance
Currently, 513,000 children access the foster care system daily. Of these children, half will exit foster care after one year, and 58 percent of all children in care, are children of color.
Sadly, it is estimated that if nothing changes with the current foster care system by 2020:
- More than 10.5 million children will spend some time in foster care
- More than 300,000 children will age out of our foster care system, some in poor health, and many unprepared for success in the workforce or to pursue higher education
- 75,000 foster care youth, who aged out of the system, will experience homelessness
Given the statistics on youth in foster care, older youth are less likely to be adopted or find permanency. Many will age out of foster care with little to no support. The Give and Care Foundation is especially committed to these children, as we truly believe a child should not have to wait to be adopted or find permanency in order to experience a high quality life full of opportunities and caring adults. We address the needs of every child regardless of their circumstances and meet them where they are at.
Facts about Minnesota Children in Foster Care
The following statistical information can be found in its entirety from the Minnesota Child Welfare Report 2009, produced by the Minnesota Department of Human Services. A link is also posted on under Resources. All statistics are given with the most recent data from 2009.
How many children in Minnesota are in foster care?
- Of the 1,260,797 children in the state of Minnesota in 2009, 11,699 children spent some time in foster care.
- The number of children placed in foster care in Minnesota from 2000 to 2009 has decreased by 37 percent.
How did children enter foster care?
- 60 percent of reasons offered for entry into care were solely related to children’s parents. 25 percent were attributed to children’s behavior or substance abuse.
How long did children spend in foster care?
- 22 percent of children in foster care were in care for one week or less.
- 5,955 children at the end of 2008, continued care into 2009. At the end of 2009, 5,592 children continued care into 2010.
How many children exited foster care?
- 65 percent of discharges from care involved return to the caretakers prior to placement; (65 percent of children were returned to the care of their parents.
- 10 percent of children in foster care were adopted.
How many foster care children are waiting to be adopted?
- 652 children became wards of the state as a result of court terminations of parental rights in 2009. 65 percent of these children were in the birth-5 age group.
- In total, there were 1,235 children under state guardianship at the beginning of 2009, and 1,118 at the end of the year.
- 653 state wards were adopted in 2009. 86 percent of adopted wards were under the age of 12. Of those adopted 45.9 percent were White and 25.9% where African American/Black.
- 109 state wards aged out of foster care at the age of 18 without a permanent home in 2009. This number has steadily increased since 2000.
What are the demographic characteristics of children in foster care?
- 23 percent of children in foster care had more than one placement in 2009.
- The largest numbers of children in foster care are Caucasian; however, African American and American Indian children continue to be over-represented in foster care placements given their proportions in the child population.
- 52.8% of all children in foster care are 13 years of age and older.
- 50 percent of foster care children in 2009 spent time in a non-relative foster family home, while 18 percent spent time in a relative foster family home, and 19 percent spent time in a residential treatment or institutional facility.
How many children re-enter foster care?
- 24 percent of children who entered care in 2009 had previously been in care one or more times within the previous 12 months
- Of the children that re-enter, about 65 percent, left care to be reunified with parent(s) or primary caretaker.
- The primary reason children re-entered foster care in 2009 was due to the child’s behavior (35.1%), followed by alleged neglect (29.5), or the caretaker’s inability to cope with the child due to illness or other (16.8%).