These best practices are not yet common practice. And that is partly because our 30-year-old federal financing system does not prioritize them, even though it pays nearly half of what we spend on child welfare.
This time of year we count our blessings as the number of children we serve continues to grow and the impact we make in helping shape child welfare practices surrounding siblings intensifies. This is possible because of YOU. Whether you are a donor, a volunteer or a supporter–YOU make a difference. Thank you and Best Wishes for a Happy Holiday Season!
It was on a poker hot July afternoon 27 years ago when I drove from Little Rock, Ark., three hours west to the small town of Fort Smith. Just 48 hours earlier, a 16-year-old-girl had delivered a baby and knew throughout the pregnancy that she would be giving the baby up for adoption. That drive and seeing that newborn on June 30, 1986, would turn out to change the trajectory of my life forever. It continues to do so.
November Foster Care Tip (see attachment) – Dr. John DeGarmo
Please find attached the foster care tip of the month; this month on how to help promote good behavior with your foster child.
November was National Adoption Month. Here is an article that you might wish to share with others. There are many reasons why one might adopt through a foster care and child welfare agency.
Beneath the stunning foster care outcomes numbers, however, are the stories of individual lives. I know. I am one of them. Far from a statistic of hopelessness, I have been fortunate to have benefited from the power of a loving and stable home coupled with a community-based effort aimed at youths in the foster care system. Now working on my doctorate in a respectable program, I know firsthand that there is hope for this vulnerable and often-overlooked segment of society.
A truthful look at foster care through the eyes of the children – “Annie Was A Liar! The Truth About Being in Foster Care,” exposes the good and the bad within the system by way of testimonies from a highly respected PhD and other people with experience in the field. Most importantly, unscripted testimonies will be presented from foster kids, old and new. We need to change the system, and the only way to do that is to create REAL awareness. The ones who are suffering from bureaucracy are the kids. The real suffering happens AFTER they age out… if they are in a bad home(s).
There are more than 408,000 children in foster care in the United States and more than 107,000 are waiting to be adopted. This month, the community is recognizing those parents who have opened their homes to children. YNN’s Katie Husband takes us into one of those homes and explains how adopting changed one woman’s life.