According to the US Department of Health and Human services, about 422,000 children currently living in California suffer from a serious mental health condition.
Additionally, the Public Policy Institute of California estimates that, in 2007, child poverty rates among Latinos was 23.6% and 28.5% among African Americans. There are currently over 56,000 California children in the foster care system, and, between 2009 and 2011, infants entered foster care at a rate three times that of any other age group. While we serve children from all over California, during 2011 alone, and in just the six counties in which we have service facilities, there were nearly 10,000 reported and substantiated cases of child abuse and neglect.
Each day we work with young people that have endured nightmares most of us can’t even imagine. Where some agencies find it nearly impossible to make a difference with this population, we go boldly forward. At FFYC, we are committed to the notion that no one is without hope, no matter how desperate their circumstances may appear. We offer hope, provide relief, and develop a pathway to a new and brighter future.
…And still, we must do more.