30% of all homeless people in the U.S. have spent some time in foster care (cryoftheorphan.org).
Sometimes it's easy to be cynical about all the ribbons and campaigns for awareness about social problems. I mean, what does awareness DO? How does being aware of a problem help anyone?
Not a darn thing.
Unless it leads to action. Unless it softens your heart towards a need. Unless it moves you to be a part of a solution. Unless it calls you to raise your hands in prayer or your wallet in giving.
In that spirit, I want to share with you about Foster Care Awareness Month. It may seem cheesy or pointless to dedicate a month to foster care. But, you know what? Awareness is exactly how we ended up as foster parents. By walking with friends into this mysterious world of foster care (and literally LIVING with them in it), we became aware.
I'm aware that there are many, many worthy and noble "causes." My prayer is not that every person that becomes aware of the needs of foster children will become a foster parent, but that we can all move towards the orphans among us in however it is that God calls.
Let's hear it for awareness.