When Jeanne Pritzker fostered a friend’s child years ago, it opened her eyes to a major societal issue that is often swept under the rug. She founded Foster Care Counts as a way to make a difference in the lives of foster care families. Approximately 400,000 children are in the foster care system today, and many more families are needed to come forward to meet the demand. Pritzker believes there is a direct connection between negative environmental effects and those that end up homeless due to lack of quality foster care.
“Being homeless does create a negative impact on the environment,” Pritzker says. “We believe that if there were more foster families available to help raise foster children that the homelessness numbers would diminish and the effect on the environment would improve.”