With Thanksgiving having just passed, and a variety of other holidays just around the corner, it’s safe to say that the holiday season is in full swing. And while the holidays are typically associated with commercial giving, let us not forget the importance of being with family and expressing gratitude for our blessings. And as we think about how much we appreciate our families, we must not forget about those who are not fortunate enough to have the loving support of a family. Organizations such as His House Children’s Home are trying to present solutions for this ever-growing issue.
Founded in 1989, His House Children’s Home is a Florida-based, nonprofit that has been providing foster children with housing, food, and clothing, restoring joy in the lives of over 14,000 children. HHCH also provides foster family recruitment. The His House Foster Family Recruitment program, founded in 1996, registers, trains and licenses local families to become foster parents. This helps provide a caring and developmental community for the children to grow up in. The house was also designated as a place to care for Unaccompanied Children by the Office of Refugee Resettlement in 2008, thus creating His House International, helping differentiate itself from other foster care organizations.
According to the Adoption and Foster Care Analysis Research System (AFCARS), more than 427,000 children in the U.S. were enrolled in foster care last year. Compare that number to the 397,000 children in foster care just four years prior, and it’s clear to see that the number of children in need of foster care is growing.
As a nonprofit, His House Children’s Home is always looking for active community members to help their cause. From making one-time donations to monthly donations to sponsoring events, there are so many ways that you can help give a home to children who need it, and not just during the holiday season, but year-round. For more information on how to give to the Home or get involved, visit: http://www.hhch.org/ways-to-give/