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Families Helping Families (FHF) is designed to help children that are in the structure of the Department of Human Services. The Families Helping Families group provides help to foster families with immediate clothing needs upon placement as well as to help them in serving unexpected needs of children placed in their care. Families Helping Families is focused on children. The members of Families Helping Families believe that it is important to make children feel as comfortable as possible in a very difficult situation. Families Helping Families' goal is to help meet the needs of these children.
Families Helping Families of Iowa is a non-profit, 100% volunteer organization that receives no local, state or federal funding . We advocate for children in foster care and the families who care for them. We have many programs benefitting children in foster care that are made possible by generous donations from our community.
Average number of children in family foster care in CR area:Over 900 children
Average number of children in family foster care in Iowa: Over 5,200 children
The need for foster families currently ranks among the most pressing needs in the child welfare system as nearly every community in the nation has a shortage of foster care families.
More than 500,000 children in the United States are currently in foster care.
Over 60% of children adopted from the foster care system are adopted by foster families.
About 20,000 youth leave care (or, "age out" after the age of 18) every year without the means to go to college or a family to help and support them.
40% of youth in foster care are teens, many of who need families.
With guidance and support from a caring adult, children and youth in family foster care are capable of realizing their fullest human potential.
- Christina Cantu
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