TEMPA, Fla (WFLA) – A group of middle and high school students in the Tampa Bay area is advocating for children in foster care through See Us Now.
The Christian-based organization is fighting for more stable and secure housing for foster children. Students ages 11 to 17 met with legislators on Capitol Hill to draw attention to the more than 400,000 foster children suffering across the United States.
“It’s a national crisis, a silent crisis and nobody hears about it,” said Jago Stokes, a student participating in See Us Now.
According to the organization’s founder, Kari Wagner, foster children will be moved every few days, cutting their ability to go to school, receive services or even not know where they will sleep and eat each night. .
Wagner says that an increasing number of adopted children are lost in the system, trafficked into prostitution or raised with unsafe parents, which has resulted in a number of deaths.
See Us Now, students have completed hundreds of hours of service in support of the cause. Lawmakers awarded their pledge through the Presidential Volunteer Service Gold Medals.
“There’s no one to defend them so that’s when these people say if their parents can’t or don’t want to and it’s none other than us,” Wagner said.
https://www.wfla.com/news/local-news/a-silent-crisis-tampa-students-visit-capitol-hill-to-advocate-for-foster-kids/ ‘A silent crisis’: Tampa students visit Capitol Hill to advocate for foster kids