March is Aging-Out Awareness Month
March is Aging-out Awareness Month, and today is Aging-out Awareness Day. This is something close to my heart since my oldest son was in foster care for most of the first six years of his life.
Aging-out means when a child in foster care turns 18 they face a transition into the “real world” without the necessary support. Imagine, already having a rough start to life, but knowing that you have a roof over your head, food to eat, and clothes to wear, and then as soon as you turn 18, you're pushed into the world without any resources or support. Every year, there are close to 20,000 kids who age-out of the foster care system.
Throughout the month, JEMfriends, a local non-profit, will be partnering with schools, churches, businesses, and other organizations to raise awareness and donations to support these kids. If you want to see where they will be and how you can help, follow them HERE!
This is a video my son asked to make last year to share his story. His struggles will be with him for life, but he found a forever home and he knows that some of his friends may not.