"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