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Wednesday April 14

Join CBS4, 97.3 KBCO, and Raise the Future for A Day for Wednesday’s Child on Wednesday, April 14th. CBS4 anchor Britt Moreno is hosting A Day for Wednesday’s Child where she updates viewers on adopted children. She also introduces viewers to many children still waiting for homes and shares success stories of those children who have found loving homes. CBS4 viewers are encouraged to call in for adoption information or to phone in pledges to support the work of Raise the Future.

To donate call 303-755-3975, text FUTURE to 41444 or go to www.raisethefuture.org

According to Raise the Future, approximately 25,000 youth age out (or “emancipate”) from foster care each year nationally – that’s 68 per day.  More than 200 children emancipate each year from Colorado’s foster care system. Before the pandemic, one in five youth who aged out experienced homelessness by or before age 21. On average, only 23% of Colorado’s foster youth graduated high school on time and only 50% of emancipated youth will be employed at age 24.

As the pandemic drags on fewer foster families are signing on to support these youth, leaving them to face the economic recession, COVID health concerns (particularly for those housed in group homes and residential treatment centers), prolonged instability, and increased trauma — alone.  There are about 5,000 youth living in foster care in Colorado right now. The child welfare system in Colorado prioritizes reunifying youth with their biological families whenever possible, and works toward this goal with children who have entered the system. Luckily, most youth that touch the child welfare system are reunited with their biological families, but there are about 400 youth in Colorado right now for whom that just isn’t a possibility. Raise the Future exists to help connect these youth with families, and support those relationships so that they last a lifetime.

Since 1983, Raise the Future has placed over 10,000 youth with loving families. Last year, 299 youth exited foster care into the home of a loving and stable adult, and Raise the Future provided training to 5,900 families and professionals, providing the skills and tools necessary to support them on their journey to permanency. Raise the Future now serves all 64 Colorado counties with free family support services, offering trauma-informed training, customized family coaching, support groups, respite care services, and more. For more information on how to access these services, visit Raise The Future or call (303) 755-4756.

A Day for Wednesday’s Child helps raise enough money to provide basic recruitment services for children in need of loving, permanent homes each year. For more information or to make a donation go to www.raisethefuture.org.

To view Wednesday’s Child segments go to CBSDenver.com/wednesdayschild. Read more of CBS4’s stories about adoption here.