The book for my church book club that I lead this month was Between Sundays by Karen Kingbury. I only knew a small bit about the book before I read it. And, who knew, it deals with foster kids and their hard road. It is a great, great read and I highly recommend that you pick up a copy and read it. It's an extremely touching story of a young man who's single mother dies and the boy believes his father is the quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, Aaron Hill.
That brings us to the actual quarterback for the 49ers, Alex Smith. Alex Smith has started the Alex Smith Foundation to help foster kids exiting the system to have support in getting jobs, housing and the education they need to succeed. Why is he doing this? This is why (taken from the Alex Smith Foundation website):
Why does our society spend billions of dollars on foster children, only to abandon these kids when they’re on the verge of becoming adults? It seems like we’re dropping the ball at the goal line.
• 50% end up unemployed?
• One-third require public assistance?
• Almost one-third become homeless?
• 25% become incarcerated?
• Less than one in 10 attend college, and only one in 100 actually graduate?
Source: Children’s Law Center of Los Angeles
At the Alex Smith Foundation, we don’t believe in sitting
along the sidelines, watching foster children fail. And, we’re not as interested in “why,” as in “how”—how can we help?