According to The National Foster Youth Institute as of 2017
The Foster Care System gives promises to children when they place them into foster care. They are telling them that they are getting the chance to create a better life for themselves. They are promised a safe home where they can have a family that can be called their own. For many children, these promises are just empty words that have no meaning. As the statistics show, many foster kids are aging out of the system and have nowhere to turn.
One of the biggest problems that social workers face today is a stigma that people have regarding what they do. Many people see child protection workers as vengeful, hateful people who just want to take kids away from their parents and families. The sad truth is that over 6 million children are at a high risk of being abused by their families annually and this is represented by the over 3 million reports of possible abuse that are filed every year. We know that children thrive in families and that is why we want kids to be placed into foster care instead of an institution. The problem is that the temporary solution of foster care has become a permanent solution and 10% of the kids that are placed into the system age out of it without ever really getting the chance to heal.
When Gina and her husband Richard embarked on a journey to become certified foster parents in Los Angeles, they quickly discovered a broken system that is overwhelmed with more foster kids than there are foster and or adoptive parents. Digging deeper into the issue, Gina focused on the Asian Pacific Islander (API) population and discovered there are over 800 youths of Asian descent in the foster care system and are in need of families of similar descents to take them in and create a loving family environment for them to flourish. Due to language barriers in this segment, it is very important to match these kids with families with similar culture backgrounds. We Give LA is dedicated to help young API in the foster care system find loving homes and help the youth beginning to age out of the foster care system, life skills to equip them to enter the workforce and or develop entrepreneurial skills to start their own business. As word spreads and donations come in, the organization will create and implement education programs, along with existing successful entities to help the recipients develop these skills. We Give LA is also partnering with local API businesses to give internship and employment opportunities this segment of the foster care system.