EVENT DATE: Jan 01, 2014
Every year on January 1st, I do the Coney Island Polar Bear Plunge. This year, I'm going to change it up a bit and jump for a cause. It's unacceptable to me that there are people without a roof over their heads...but the idea of homeless children just breaks my heart. Please support me and my family as we raise money for "YOU GOTTA BELIEVE" one of a precious few organizations in the U.S. and the only organization in the New York City metro area that solely limits its practice to finding permanent parents and families for young adults, teens and pre-teens in the foster care system.
YOU GOTTA BELIEVE WAS FOUNDED WITH A MISSION TO FIND ADOPTIVE PARENTS FOR OLDER YOUTH BEFORE THEY AGE OUT OF THE FOSTER CARE SYSTEM AND RUN THE EXTREMELY HIGH RISK OF BECOMING HOMELESS.
Research is consistent about the shocking outcomes for youth who age out of care. As many as 50% are likely to experience homelessness, many will be incarcerated or hospitalized and experience health and mental health challenges throughout life, and only a tiny percent will have a college degree from a 2 or 4 year institution by age 26.
Today, 400,000 children are in foster care in the US, and 100,000 of those youth are waiting to be adopted. In NYC alone, more than 800 young people will "age out" of foster care this year without the one thing they were promised when they entered foster care--a permanent parent to support them and guide them through life.
We know it can be done. Kids CAN be connected to families. No child, youth or even young adult is unadoptable and it is never too late for family.
Join us! Participate in our fundraisers and events, or create your own fundraiser to help us transform lives. Watch our Story of Adoption and share it with your networks. Contact us with questions, or visit yougottabelieve.org to learn more.
EIN: 11-3272603 • http://yougottabelieve.org/