May 13, 2010

Why Foster?

Foster Care Awareness Month

May is Foster Care Awareness Month.  I got this video off of another foster parent’s blog – she put it together with some friends of hers.  I love the video – it’s really well done, and it only serves to make me more passionate about fostering and loving these kids. (You didn’t think that was possible, did you?)  I pray that it moves hearts.

My posts the last couple of weeks have been honest.  The majority of the last two weeks have been rough.  But I don’t want to make you think for a second that this is not a blessing.  It is a blessing, and a privilege to get to be a part of these kids’ lives.  Even during the rough times, I would not hesitate to recommend fostering.  It will change your life, and will forever impact the kids you come to love.

 

 

The video lists some ways of helping other than licensing to foster, like:

  • Becoming a CASA advocate.  As a CASA advocate you are assigned to kids in the system and help to advocate for them in the court system.  GREAT program.
  • Becoming a respite provider in order to give foster parents needed breaks.  To be a licensed respite provider you take the same classes as a foster parent, but kids only come to stay with you for a few days at a time.  In some states you can babysit for foster parents simply by having a background check done.  To learn more, contact your local state agency.
  • If you’re a Harley fan, you can join BACA (Bikers Against Child Abuse).  The kids LOVE it when a bunch of bikers show up for their court hearings.  It also serves to make them feel safe if the perp is at the hearing.  This program was great – the kids on my caseload loved it.
  • Donate clothes, bikes, stuffed animals, hygiene supplies, journals, schools supplies, or new toys to your local fostering agency.
  • Adopt!
  • Tutor a child, or sponsor a child through Big Brothers/Big Sisters of America.
  • There are so many ways to help these kids!  What’s your gift?

 

{ If you have any questions about fostering, or the other programs that are listed, please let me know!  You can leave questions in the comments, or e-mail me.  I will do my best to answer or point you in the direction of someone who can!}

8 comments:

  1. That was a beautiful video! Thank you for sharing!

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  2. i had tears in my eyes watching it. it has been a hard few weeks/months here too.

    but it has been worth every second.

    the only way i can describe why i do this and why i KEEP doing it is that my life was TOO easy before. i would never describe what I am currently doing as easy, but it is so much better than easy.

    can't wait to get to know you.

    Leah

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  3. Thank you for sharing this video! I can't wait to pass it along. If only everyone knew the amazing privledge of loving these children.

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  4. That is beautiful and by the way, I do not think you paint fostering in a bad light. You are real and not pollyanna about the experience and I believe your story and your life will make a difference in someone who may read this and see clearly that fostering is their calling to.

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  5. Love seeing where this video has gone.. So glad you liked it Maggie...

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  7. A nice informative post, with great ways to help.

    Now following your blog, from FF. Have a wonderful day :)

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  8. I know this is a very old post, but you are still the top referrer for this video on my youtube page. Just wanted to say thank you :)

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