Adoptions Northwest, Inc is the creation of Kimlyn Esser. I was introduced to the world of adoption in 2010. While working for a different agency I had the opportunity to spend many hours discussing adoption, foster care, and children in general.
There needed to be an agency that was dedicated to be open to all families and individuals who wanted to provide a home, assistance, or financial support to children in foster care. Every night over 100,000 children in the United States do not have a permanent home to call their own and there is no real plan for permanency in their future.
They live with families who are not their own, come to homes that are not theirs, sleep in beds and play with toys that are not theirs. They are long term guests living with strangers. For those of us who have never experienced this it's hard to understand the long term affects. But there are long term affects. Children in foster care learn not to trust, to feel unsettled, to be used to everything in life changing in an instant. On average children in care will move a minimum of four times in their first year in care.
In the United States, a child is removed from their primary care provider every two minutes
Only 30% of children in care are placed with a family member
The average age of a child in foster care is 8.5 years
The average age of a child adopted from foster care is 6 years old
27% of children stay in the foster care system for more than 3 years
42% of children in foster care will drop out of high school
Less than 3% of children in foster care will get a college degree
1 in 5 will be homeless within 1 year of aging out of the foster care system
Our children and our families deserve better, they deserve more. So when the opportunity to create a new agency presented itself, there was no hesitation, just excitement for the opportunity to work for children in our community, state, and nation.
The individuals who work with us make a difference in the life of our children. Together we can change these numbers. We can change the system, the way we work with children and families, and more importantly, the way children in foster care see themselves and the world around them.
Thank you for being interested in our organization. With your support we can write a new narrative for our youth in foster care. You CAN make a difference in the life of a child.