"I attended a recent gathering of foster children who have reached the emancipation age of 18," said Eric Hasemeyer, attending Monday's "For the Love of a Child" fashion show and luncheon benefiting Childhelp.
"The event brought together 300 18-year-olds leaving foster care and setting out to make lives for themselves," he added. "Do you know what the statistics are for 300 foster kids reaching the age of emancipation? Out of the 300, within only a few years, 273 of them will either be homeless, incarcerated, and/or addicted to some form of alcohol or drugs."
Eric joined his wife Jaci as the honored guests of the Childhelp event receiving the annual Children's Friend Award. The couple accepted the honor with grace but not holding back the truth concerning the real problems faced by foster children in California and elsewhere.
The Hasemeyer's have raised their own children at their home in Riverside, in addition to fostering more than 30 additional children coming to them from difficult circumstances. Out of the 30 children, they have adopted 10. In addition, they have worked nonstop to find qualified parents to bring into the foster care system.