“In many ways foster care saved me. But I want to see a lot of change happen in the system. I want to see less medicine in these kids. I want to see more efforts being made to reunite families. And if they’re unable to reunite, the kids should be placed with someone who really cares about them.” – comedian Monroe Martin
May is National Foster Care Month. Approximately 650,000 children spend time in U.S. foster care every year. About 12,000 of the nearly 108,000 foster kids awaiting adoption have been in state care for five years or longer. At any given time, about 23,000 kids live in group homes and more than 32,000 live in institutions, and 23 states fail to meet the federal standard for keeping kids safe from abuse and neglect in care. Comedian Monroe Martin knows all too well what life can be like in foster care, he spent his childhood in various foster homes after being told that his grandmother was too old to be his caregiver. Monroe is working with FOSTER CARE FOR 4TH ANNUAL FOSTERING THE FUTURE CAMPAIGN to help bring awareness just in time for National Foster Care Month.
Failed adoptions, physical abuse, mental illness, addiction and even a forced marriage are just some of the scenarios that led to life in foster care for this year’s group of bloggers, who are writing about their experiences this May, National Foster Care Month. These first-person accounts expose a system that fails the children in its care as often as it saves them.
Be sure to listen to my interview with renowned comedian Monroe Martin above in the audio player to hear him discuss the 4th annual Fostering The Future campaign, how his childhood in foster care shaped his life, how he found his comedic calling, and how you can help bring more awareness during National Foster Care Month. Please use the hashtag #FosterTruth on social media to bring more awareness and head over to www.childrensrights .org or http://monroemartincomedy.com/ for more information.