James 1:27 (The Message)
26-27Anyone who sets himself up as “religious” by talking a good game is self-deceived. This kind of religion is hot air and only hot air. Real religion, the kind that passes muster before God the Father, is this: Reach out to the homeless (children without a home, added by Ronnie) and loveless in their plight, and guard against corruption from the godless world.
- There are 510,000 children in the U.S. foster care system; 129,000 of these children are available for adoption.
- More children become available for adoption each year than are adopted. In 2006, 79,000 children had parental rights terminated by the courts, yet only 51,000 were adopted.
- A child in foster care can wait up to five years to be adopted.
- The average age of the child waiting to be adopted from foster care is eight years old.
- The average number of months a child waiting to be adopted has been in foster care is 39 months.
- Each year, 20% of children (26,517 in 2006) exit foster care at age 18 without an adoptive family.
- According to a National Adoption Attitudes Survey commissioned by the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, 63 percent of Americans hold a favorable view of adoption and 78 percent think more should be done to encourage adoption.
- Nearly 40 percent of American adults, or 81.5 million people, have considered adopting a child, according to the National Adoption Attitudes Survey. If just one in 500 of these adults adopted, every waiting child in foster care would have a permanent family.