Updated: Mar 10, 2021
Did you know that in the United States more than 20,000 youth exit the foster care system every year without a family?
They have no one to call. No support. No safe place to fall when life gets crazy.
When thinking about foster care or adoption from foster care, people usually don’t consider our teenagers. But Mississippi has so many wonderful teenagers in desperate need for a foster or adoptive home.
You can witness them walking across the stage at graduation or be with them the first time they drive a car, or even be a shoulder to cry on when they get their heart broken by a first love.
Teens can be helpful, have a positive influence on younger children, they can tell you what they need, and in the process of all this, they can change YOUR life forever. Teens are just like the rest of us, they want connection, relationships, safety, and stability. This is how God made us. He made us for relationships. He made us for belonging.
Between the ages of 10 and 25 years old, the brain undergoes changes that impact behavior forever? This means that during this time in a young person’s life, meaningful relationships can have a lasting and positive impact on these youth! You can shape and rewire young brains with your connection and relationship. Teens aren’t hopeless. Teens aren’t a lost cause. Teens can learn, love, and blossom into the people that God meant them to be.
Unfortunately, studies show that teens are at increased risk for homelessness, young parenthood, low educational attainment, high unemployment rates, and other adverse adult outcomes if they don’t have the love and support, they need through these critical years.
BUT THERE’S GOOD NEWS! It only takes one person to improve these odds for a young person, that’s why we need you!
As humans, we tend to fear the unknown. Here at Southern Christian, we want to take away that unknown and answer any questions that you may have. Some of these questions may include: Will I have support from professionals? Is there any training that I can get to help this be a success? Will a teen even want to be fostered or adopted? The answer to all of these questions is YES!
Please contact us for more information about how you can change a Mississippi teenager’s life forever!