Hope for the Fatherless
Organized by: Allison Ahlgrim
“Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans …” James 1:27a
Hope for the Fatherless raises money for AZ1.27, a movement of Arizona churches engaging the child welfare system, born out of a response to the current foster care crisis but built to be a long-term solution.
In the last four years, since 2010, the number of children needing homes in Arizona has swelled by 40% to over 15,000 children. Not only has this dramatic increase in number left agencies unequipped to handle, but over 2000 of these children are in need of a home, but instead must sleep in group homes or emergency shelters. Over 600 of these children are free and ready for adoption, but instead have to wait for their forever home. Over 600 children turn 18 every year and "age out" of the system, and then must try to transition into adulthood with no support system. These children are:
-3 times less likely to graduate high school
-10 times less likely to go to college
-2.5 times more likely to be a teen parent
-7 times more likely to be incarcerated
-4 times more likely to be unable to pay rent
AZ1.27's mission is to eradicate the child welfare crisis in Arizona by providing more homes than Arizona would ever need - and no child would ever have to wait. You have the opportunity, through this project, to be a part of this transformation!