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There are some major concerns related to the increasing number of children, adolescents, and young adults experiencing crisis as well as those with developmental and learning disabilities. Also of concern is the lack of funding, inappropriate levels of service and the increasingly restrictive service models seen in most US-based social service programs. Correlating with these high-level market needs are some much more granular problem areas within social services. The primary areas of concern include:         
                   
Beginning
-A disconnect exists between families and available information           
for children with disabilities.         

Middle
-Children with disabilities are increasingly under-served and
are highly under-developed.

End
-Children become prone to or backed into life situations that are avoidable      
(matriculation into the welfare system, growing isolation and evolution into        
non-productive citizens).

Industry Overview and Growth
As a non-profit organization that offers a wide variety of services and support to children and their families through five centers specializing in disability and crisis support, speech and language therapy, youth wellness, as well as learning and career programs, The Foster & Banks Walk in Faith Foundation is involved at the intersection of many different industries.
These industries include:     

Substance abuse and mental health clinics
- In 2009, the substance abuse
and mental health clinics industry generated $12.6 billion.  This industry is
expected to grow in the five years through 2015, at a real average rate of 3.02%
annually to reach $15.1 billion by 2015.[1]         

Disabled services
- In 2009, disabled services generated $25.15 billion in
revenue, which is expected to increase to $35.81 billion by 2014. This represents
an annualized increase in revenue of 7.3%.[2]         

Youth programs and miscellaneous care facilities
– As of 2009, this industry
generated $9.7 billion in revenue and revenue is expected to rise by an average of
2.7% per year from 2010 to 2015, reaching nearly $11.0 billion by 2015.[3]

Family counseling and other social services
- This industry has seen strong
average annual revenue growth of 4.1% through the five years to 2009, making this
a $32.81 billion industry.  Industry revenue is expected to increase at an
annualized growth rate of 5.1% per annum, reach $42.02 billion by 2015.[4]      

Job training and career counseling
- Total revenue for this industry was $18.72
billion in 2009, which represents a 4.4% annualized growth rate since 2004. 
The industry is in the growth stage of its economic life cycle and is expected to
increase at an annualized growth rate of 5.6% per annum, reaching $24.6 billion by 2015.[5]

[1] IBIS World [2] IBIS World [3] IBIS World [4] IBIS World [5] IBIS World