BY THE NUMBERS

NUMBERS MATTER, BECAUSE EVERY “NUMBER” REPRESENTS A CHILD WITH A LIFE, A STORY, AND A FUTURE. AT CFK, WE CARE ABOUT NUMBERS BECAUSE WE CARE ABOUT CHILDREN.


Today in Mecklenburg County…

 
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5-600 children are in the foster care system, yet fewer than 60 families are currently licensed with Meck. county.

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30% of the county’s foster youth are sent outside of the county because of the of lack of available local placement options - taking the youth away from all that is familiar.

40+ youth are projected to age out of foster care this year with no one to support them in their transition to adulthood, leaving them at a higher risk for negative outcomes.

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Child welfare social workers step into very tough roles.. In 2018, job turnover was as high as 69%. The chances of achieving permanency for each child drops from 74% to 17% when there is just one case manager turnover.

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45 “true orphans” are waiting to be adopted - these are youth whose parental reunification efforts have been terminated.

 

*Statistics: 2018 Mecklenburg County Youth & Family Services


for the youth that age out…

 

70% of young women will become pregnant before age 21.

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60% of young men will be incarcerated.

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50% of youth will abuse substances (drugs or alcohol).

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97% of youth will not earn a college degree.

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Communities lose $300,000 in lost wages, public assistance, and incarceration for each individual who ages out.

 

*Statistics: 2018 Mecklenburg County Youth & Family Services


A father to the fatherless, a protector of widows, is God in his holy dwelling.
— Psalm 68:5