Two years ago, I wrote an article on at risk children needing homes too. Thanks to Davion Only, we can reiterate this.
Only is the child who made national headlines when he pled for a forever home.
At any given point in time, there nearly over 17,000 children in the Texas foster care system.
Over 5,000 of them are age 10 – 21. In foster care, those children are labeled as “at-risk” – the children most foster parents don’t care to have in their home and "pass on".
It is common to have families eager and excited about the prospect of taking on an infant, or some pre-school aged children, or perhaps a seven or eight year old who can keep their own child company.
Rarely do agencies encounter prospective foster or adoptive families interested in taking in children who are the state foster care system, age 10 years older or order.
Yes, these are what society has dubbed to be the “undesirables”.
Children who have been removed from their homes, no matter how awful the circumstances, prefer to live with their own family. When this isn't the case, they act out. Like most of us would.
Angry fifteen year olds generally are not on their best behavior and subsequently and eventually become labeled, “at risk” and “undesirable”. They turn to aggression, criminal activity, and sometimes end up not only in the child welfare system, but the juvenile justice system as well.
Hence, the label is born for some nearly 5,500 at risk children in the Texas foster care system. The need for individuals and couples to open their hearts and homes continues to be the single, most desired demographic for foster homes on a daily basis.
Davion Only brought this once again to the forefront of society, which in turn will benefit thousands of youth just like him.
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