As promised, here’s part 2 of the Foster Teen Quilt Project! If you missed Part 1- here you go!
I wanted to take this time to share some facts about kids in the foster system while I share the four feminine quilts we made.
On any given day, there are approximately 402,000 children in the foster system in the United States.
The average time and Alexandria child spends in foster care is one year.
Foster children attend an average of seven to nine different schools by age 18—80% are held back in school by the third grade. Less than half of foster youth in the nation will graduate from high school and only 2% graduate from college or higher.
Lastly, I want to invite you to think about how you can help foster children in your town. Get in touch with a local social worker & chat about how your skills, whatever they are, can help foster kids.
Many thanks to Kathryn Coneway for helping me photograph the quilts & Krystal Fenwick, social worker for the City of Alexandria who provided these facts. And of course, to my mom’s group for coming along on this crazy adventure with me!