To most people, helping orphans and children in the foster system find stable homes seems like a top priority—the kind of priority that transcends politics and ideology,” says Kate Anderson in this week’s Acton Commentary. “Unfortunately, however, those vulnerable children are quickly losing their advocates—and their hope for a stable, loving family—because of rampant anti-religious bias in American society today.”
In the United States, more than 400,000 children in the foster system are waiting for homes. Around 4% of children are adopted within a year of entering foster care, and 85% of children in foster care have at least two placements in their first 12 months. Eighty percent of prospective foster parents who work with the state drop out within two years. All this adds up to the terrible reality that a massive number of children are spending crucial years of their lives without a stable home environment. The foster crisis is so extreme that some states are hosting foster children in hotels and office buildings because there is nowhere else to place them.
The full text of the essay can be found here.