Ever since WACAP started finding families for kids forty years ago, we’ve been committed to working on behalf of children living in foster care. We’re able to do this work through our Fund for US Kids.
Children living in foster care are some of our society’s most vulnerable—and most overlooked—members. According to the Dave Thomas Foundation, nearly half of the American population believes incorrectly that these children are in care because of delinquent behavior. The truth is that children are removed from their homes due to abuse or neglect, through no fault of their own. When it’s not safe for these children to return to their families, an adoptive family needs to be found. The outlook for children who leave foster care without a family is bleak—they are less likely to finish high school or gain employment, and more likely to become homeless or develop addictions. Adoption flips these statistics, and that’s why we work to find more families for more kids who wait in the foster care system. Donations to the Fund for US Kids enable us to:
- Use strategies to dispel myths and tell the truth about children in foster care—that they’re smart, funny, creative and caring children who need and deserve the love of a family.
- Talk with families one at time, sharing all the reasons why adoption from foster care is a wonderful way to build a family.
- Engage volunteers to use technology and social media to spread the word that children in our own backyards need families.
- Network with state social workers to get to know children’s individual needs, so we are better able to find not just a family, but the right family.
- Continue our work on “A Family for Me,” our award winning, multimedia, specialized family recruitment partnership with King 5 Television.
- Continuously improve how we support families after foster care placement through to the finalization of each child’s adoption and beyond.
At the heart of the Fund for US Kids is WACAP’s belief that there truly is a family for every child, and with the right people and the right tools in place, that family can always be found.
About WACAP’s Vice President of Fund Development, Mary Duncan: Mary Duncan first volunteered with WACAP in 1993, working at an orphanage in Romania and soon after, joined WACAP’s staff as a case manager. Also an adoptive aunt and adoptive sister, Mary continued to serve children and families at WACAP as a supervisor in adoption programs and in family recruitment. Now as Vice President of Fund Development, she enjoys the opportunity to interact with donors and supporters and sharing about WACAP’s transformational work for children.