About the Coalition
The Foster Care Coalition began in 2018 when a group of Church leaders came together to mobilize the faith community in response to Evansville's foster care crisis.
The foster care crisis in Evansville seems overwhelming, but it is a solvable problem. Church congregations have exactly what it takes to be a strong part of the solution: loving and stable families with an existing community of support. If every church in Evansville produced just one new foster family, the equation would be flipped from children waiting on adults to take care of them to adults waiting for children.
FOSTER CARE CRISIS
In 2017, there were almost 1,000 kids in foster care in Vanderburgh County, but only 150 foster families.
Evansville's foster care system is overwhelmed. The number of children entering the foster care system each year is higher than it has ever been, and there simply aren't enough foster families to care for the kids who are being removed.
In some cases, children are being placed with families in other counties, sometimes hours away from their homes and schools. In other cases, they aren't being removed at all and may be left in potentially dangerous situations.
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Larry is the State Director for Indiana Kids Belong and a former CASA.