That is the reality of the staggering statistic:
70% of human trafficking victims have experienced foster care.
Last week, I sat in the local theater watching the true story, “Sound of Freedom”. I thought about this statistic and how the movie made it real. The focus in the movie was two children who were able to go home to a loving parent. That is not always the case.
Essential to recovery is a meaningful after care program helping children and youth heal before they go home. But what about when they can’t go home to anyone?
A phone call the week after the movie exposed this reality for one teen. After going through the after care program this teen is ready to go a home to continue her process in healing and move on with her life. Sadly, she has nowhere to go. She is not the first one I have heard of in this situation and there will be others.
The greatest tragedy is that she is a victim of trafficking but what will we do now? Many have said the movie Sound of Freedom persuaded them something has to be done…now we need to step into our “Yes”.
Is your “Yes” opening your home
to foster children and youth, even those who have suffered in trafficking? Will you provide loving, healing and connection to children and youth to insulate them against the evil of trafficking? In some communities teenagers removed into foster care can't even stay in their county. There are no homes available for them.
Is your “Yes” joining a care team
and providing loving, consistent support to families and children/teens in foster care? A few hours invested each month in letting children and youth know they are important to you and to God.
Is your “Yes” supporting material needs
to make placements possible, provide for care needs or financial donation to help us expand our coalition of churches and partners into new communities?
Be a part of a family of support provides strong loving connections to children and youth in foster care; relationships that help protect the most vulnerable among us from the evils of human trafficking.
Together we can change the story of one teen to read, she is 17 years old and she has a home to go to!