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National CASA Association CEO Urges Action for Children in Care
In a blog post for HuffPost Impact titled "National Adoption Month: A Time to Celebrate and to Educate," National CASA Association CEO Michael Piraino calls for action to help children in foster care find permanency.
"None of these children is waiting for a castle or a mansion. All they want is another chance. All they're waiting for is a break. It was not their choice to be unable to live with their biological parents. It was not their choice to be removed from their families and to enter the foster care system. These children deserve a second chance at a happy, healthy permanent home," Piraino writes.
More than 250,000 children in the U.S. enter the foster care system every year. While more than half of these children will return to their parents, the remainder will stay in the system. Most of these children are living with foster families, but some also live in group facilities. Today there are 107,000 children in foster care waiting to be adopted ranging in age from less than a year old to 21.
Watch the video on the right and hear real children in foster care share their story. It’s a chapter from our film The Road to Adoption and Foster Care. You can also watch the entire film (Flash – 2:00 hr.).