The children and their backgrounds differ, but the overwhelming majority are in foster care through no fault of their own. These are young boys and girls who had no choice but to be taken into the legal custody of the state since their parents could not, or would not, rightly care for them. These children are vulnerable victims to their life circumstances. They did not choose to be where they are. It was chosen for them.
Many of these kids come from families whose parents struggle with poverty, addiction, abuse, violence and so much more. These children are as young as newborns and as old as 18 years of age. Some are an only-child, while others have siblings. They are of all different races. Some have physical and/or learning disabilities. Recently, the overwhelming number of children pouring into the Ohio foster care system have come in as a direct result of the opioid epidemic. Removed from birth families by court action, most of the children have experienced severe abuse and neglect, causing them a great deal of trauma. These children have faced and overcome challenges we could not imagine. They desperately need an adult (or two) to wholeheartedly believe in them, patiently try to understand them, and passionately fight for them. Each one has such potential to grow and heal with the support and love of a foster parent.