Tuesday, May 15, 2018

BGCNCG Serves Rising Number of Foster Children

Christopher Lowell Jackson is an award-winning agency owner with Allstate Insurance in Greensboro, Georgia. In addition to his work as an agent, Christopher Lowell Jackson serves as a membership chair for the Greene and Putnam County Rotary Club and as a member of the Greene and Putnam County Chamber of Commerce. He has offered his agency’s services in support of area charitable organizations including the local Boys and Girls Club. 

The Boys and Girls Clubs of America aims to create a space where young people can gather and gain skills to help them be healthy and find success in their lives. The Boys and Girls Clubs of North Central Georgia (BGCNCG) president and CEO Bob Mackey recently commented on the organization’s impact during a time when the number of foster children in the US is rising rapidly. 

While 7,600 children were in foster care in 2013, that number rose above 13,000 in 2016. This is due in part to the nation's opioid crisis, which is putting children and families at risk. While government resources for children and families are being stretched under the crisis, the need for organizations like the BGCNCG has greatly increased. In 2017, the BGCNCG served 500 foster children, and that number is expected to continue to rise in the coming years.