May is National Foster Care Month

Most of our children are here with siblings.

According to the Missouri Department of Social Services 2013 annual report, the average number of children in foster care in Missouri numbered over 11,000. For children who have experienced abuse or neglect, being placed in a loving foster family can provide an opportunity to heal and experience a practical demonstration of God’s unconditional love. Yet often times, sibling groups are separated when those placements are made, because many foster homes simply can not accommodate more than one or two foster children at a time.

One of Coyote Hill’s huge strengths is our blended family environment, in which we serve sibling groups that may otherwise be split apart. Coyote Hill often accepts sibling groups (in May, 2015, 87% of our kids were here with siblings.) For siblings entering foster care, being placed together can enhance their sense of safety and well-being. It also reduces anxiety, since they don’t have to wonder where their siblings are and whether or not they are safe. Siblings placed together also provide natural support to each other, as well as a sense of stability and belonging following the trauma of being separated from parents.

This is just one of the many reasons why your support of Coyote Hill is making a difference in the lives of children placed in foster care. Thank you for helping us #breakthecyle.