More than 2.5 million juveniles are arrested annually across our country. In 2011-2012 Florida reported 96,515-juvenile delinquency arrest. Yet the existence of these children is virtually unknown.
Many have no contact with one or both of their parents. Some of these children’s’ have been introduced to hard drugs due to their own parents addictions. It’s not unusually to see multiple siblings and parents incarcerated in one family, illustrating the “generational cycle of sin” that perpetuates within these families.
We recently received one girl into one of our facilities that was very distraught and cried, “How can God ever love me, how can God ever forgive me?” at just fourteen years old, she had already been prostituted to more than 200 men.
Coming from foster care or homes of economically and socially depressed environments – most of these children are just hungry to be loved and have some stability and nurturing in their lives.
Behind the locked doors and high fences of razor wire are the hearts or desperate children as young as 8-10 years old, who need to hear about Jesus.