Source: WHNT

In Alabama, there are more than 6,000 kids who needs homes.

There are only 1,500 foster care families, however, and no one is adopting.

“In my opinion, we are in a crisis in the state of Alabama when it comes to the need for foster families,” said Lee Marshall, CEO and founder of Kids to Love, as reported by WHNT.

Through Alabama’s transitional program, teens are supposed to have a five-year period of preparation before they are transitioned out of the foster care system, but many teens face a difficult time absorbing all of the material they need to successfully transition into adulthood, and many of those teens are already battling adversity at the same time.

Upon transitioning out of the foster care system, many of these young people will end up homeless or in jail.

“Most of those children, within 6 months after exiting care, they`re either homeless, okay, or they’re couch-hopping going from friends and friends couches, or they’re on their way into the penal system,” says one child welfare consultant in Atlanta.

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