MASS & RI
ABOUT BAGS OF HOPE
Giving Hope to Children in Foster Care...
Bags of Hope is our annual orphan care project where we provide Duffle bags to children in Foster Care, embroidered with their name and filled with age appropriate comfort items (i.e. Pillow Pets, journals, fleece blankets, etc...) Often times children in foster care store their personal belongings in a trash bag. It is the goal of Bags of Hope to replace these trash bags with Duffle bags.
There is a great need in Southern New England. The most current, published numbers for children in state care are:
-10,612 children in Massachusetts lived apart from their families in out-of-home care in 2018, compared with 8,522 children in 2012.
-870 children in Massachusetts aged out of out-of-home care—exited foster care to emancipation—in 2016.
- 657 children were legally adopted through a public child welfare agency in Massachusetts in 2017, a decrease of 1.8% from 669 in 2016.
[ Massachusetts's Children 2019. www.cwla.org ]
- 2,003 children in Rhode Island lived apart from their families in out-of-home care in 2018, compared with 1,707 children in 2012.
- 250 children were legally adopted through a public child welfare agency in RI in 2017, a decrease of 10.4% from 279 in 2017.
- 144 children in Rhode Island aged out of out-of-home care—exited foster care to emancipation—in 2016.
[ Rhode Island's Children 2019. www.cwla.org ]
Partner with us as we give hope to the little over 12,000 kids living in care in our region! For more info on how to get involved in New England, please contact us.
John & Kimberly Gagne
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