THERE ARE HUNDREDS OF CHILDREN AND YOUTH EXPERIENCING FOSTER CARE ON THE OLYMPIC PENINSULA. Olympic Angels is building communities of people all across the Olympic Peninsula that are changing the way children, youth, and families experience foster care. Passionate donors, volunteers, mentors, partners, and advocates are all ripples in the sea of change for our foster care community.
1 out of 5 foster youth become homeless at age 18
50% of foster homes close within the first year
20,000 youth between the ages of 18-21 age out of the foster care system annually
60% of youth formerly in care fall below the poverty line, despite earning an income
The challenges faced by foster parents and kinship caregivers, such as stress, isolation, and financial strain, can lead to instability for children in their care. Without adequate support, these caregivers may struggle to provide a stable and nurturing environment, resulting in frequent moves, disrupted education, and emotional and behavioral issues for the children. View sources.
RESEARCH SHOWS THAT OUR PROGRAMS ARE COMBATTING THE STATISTICS
We partnered with the University of Texas at Austin, Texas Institute for Child & Family Wellbeing (TXICFW) to conduct an outcome evaluation on our programming. After years of receiving anecdotal feedback attesting to the effectiveness of our programs, we are excited to have evidence and insights of the impact our work has had on the well-being, transformation, and outcomes of the children, youth, caregivers, and volunteers who have participated in our programs over the years.
608 Total number of children impacted by our programs (2022 numbers)
92% of caregivers reported Angels staff gives them resources, tools, and strategies to help them care for their family
94% of Love Box volunteers indicated their matched family had made a postiive impact on their life
95% of caregivers indicated they valued the personal experiences they had with their match(es)
9.7 Caregivers gave an average score of 9.7 out of 10 for the Love Box program
10 Caregivers gave an average score of 10 out of 10 for the Dare to Dream program
Using a net promoter score, caregivers were asked how likely they were to recommend Angels programs to another family caring for children/youth in foster care, with 0 being "not likely at all" and 10 being "extremely likely."
The children, youth, and families we walk alongside are truly inspiring. Despite facing difficult challenges, they show remarkable resilience and perseverance that inspires us all. Watch these videos and see for yourself the incredible strength and determination they possess.