“Speaking FREE” with Chris and Robert

November 20, 2017 | Featured, News

Robert Budd and Christopher Long (CEO and President of FREE) will be taping their radio show “Speaking FREE” at K98.3 today. The topic will be #nationaladoptionmonth. National Adoption Month is an initiative of the Children’s Bureau with a goal to increase national awareness and bring attention to the need for permanent families for children and youth in the U.S. foster care system.
For the 2017 National Adoption Month initiative, the theme is “Teens Need Families, No Matter What,” It highlights the importance of identifying well-prepared and committed families for the thousands of teenagers in foster care. The show will air on Sunday, November26th between 7:00am-7:30am

Here are some Facts for National Adoption Month:

Fact: Children in foster care move an average of 7 times during their time in care. Fact:

75.3 Million Americans have considered adoption if just 1 in 700 of these adults adopted, every waiting child in foster care would have a permanent family.

Source: Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption



61% of children enter foster care due to neglect.

Source: AFCARS Report



More than 20,000 young people age out of foster care

Source: AFCARS Report



A child’s average time in care is 20.4 months

Source: AFCARS Report




427,910 in foster care

269,509 entered foster care

243,060 exited foster care

Source: AFCARS Report



400,000 children is Foster Care in the US

25,000 children age out of foster care

1200 people in NYC age out of foster care. Source NYC Administration for Children’s Services

Source: You Gotta Believe




6,441 international adoptions

110,373 domestic adoptions

Source: US State Departments for Adoption and National Council for Adoption




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