According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), 15.8 million children under 18 in the United States live in households where they are unable to consistently access enough nutritious food necessary for a healthy life.
In 2013, 14.7 million or approximately 20 percent of children in the U.S. lived in poverty. DeNavas-Walt, C. & B.D. Proctor. (2014). Income and Poverty in the United States: 2013. U.S. Census Bureau.
In 2012, 41% of children born in the U.S. were born to unmarried moms.
According to the Heritage Foundation:
Both married and single-parent families need our support!
Many communities face tension along racial lines. Homelessness is a growing issue as housing becomes more and more expensive.
Literacy Partners tells us 30 million Americans are functionally illiterate—reading below a fifth grade level. 63 million more read at between a fifth and ninth grade level, which means they are unable to understand a basic newspaper.
Today, there are approximately 400,000 children in the U.S. foster care system. Over a hundred thousand of them are legally available for adoption.
It is estimated that 27-35 million people across the globe are victims of human trafficking.
Around the world, there are an estimated 153 million orphans who have lost one parent. There are 17,900,000 orphans who have lost both parents and are living in orphanages or on the streets and lack the care and attention required for healthy development. These children are at risk for disease, malnutrition, and death. (Retrieved from http://data.unicef.org/hiv-aids/protection-care-support)
Care.org tells us that around the globe:
It can be overwhelming to even begin researching these issues—believe us, we know. How do we help? By emphasizing the four pillars: faith, family, freedom, and fun across the nation and around the globe.