I Get to Talk and People Will Listen

April 14th, 2012
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1339425_loudspeakerI am blessed to be writing you today and telling about a unique experience that I am getting. In May, I will be giving a speech/workshop on adoption and foster care/adoption. This is so exciting for me as it is certainly my passion. I have been planning in my head what information I want to pass along- the list is long. When I think about the foster care system, I think of children who deserve a normal life and the parents that make it their life calling to ensure that. I think of giving until there is no more to give and often seeing no results for all of the labor. Yet, that is only one side of the coin. Foster care offers… [more]

Singing a New Song

October 11th, 2011
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Categories: News, Media

musicsheet-graphicsfairy005smIt's great news.  A non-profit has formed in Austin, Texas to offer no-cost music lessons to foster children.  The group is called "Kids in a New Groove."  Awesome. Kids in a New Groove furnishes music teachers with advanced degrees to provide lessons in piano, guitar, percussion, and other instruments.  Somehow the organization has even managed to streamline the bureaucracy;  a simple form is all that's needed and it can be filled out by any of the child's parents, foster parents or advocates.  The teachers all hold advanced degrees in music and even better, they travel to the kids!  And if the child is relocated, the teacher can follow, providing much needed continuity.  This gift comes at no cost to the child… [more]

Broken System – or Unrealistic View?

September 18th, 2011
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redrose-gfairyLately the news media here in central Texas has been focusing on the issue of kids aging out of foster care.  One statistic is that while foster (or former foster) children in Texas get a free college education in any state school, only 3% take advantage of that opportunity.  More pressing, one out of 4 kids who age out of foster care are homeless within one year.  That is a shocking statistic. The news media foists the blame squarely on Child Protective Services or uncaring foster parents.  Reporters blame the state for not making sure these kids get access to transitional programs and ultimately succeed.  It is a little less straightforward than that.  Most of these reports are failing to look at… [more]

A Brief History of the United States Foster Care System

January 26th, 2010
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1215912_paper_chain_in_the_darkThe foster care system has been around for quite a while. While it didn’t start out as we know it today, it had similar goals and motives. You may be surprised at how United States foster care all began and how it has progressed since its earliest days. English law established in 1562 allowed children from poor families to be placed with wealthy families—as indentured servants. Once the children became of age, they were allowed to go and live their lives as their own. While this type of servitude was an upgrade from its predecessor, it obviously wasn’t the best situation for the child. Previous to this arrangement, orphaned children were placed in almshouses. There, they did not learn a trade—which was critical… [more]

Colorado Pass Bill – Helping Siblings in Foster Care

February 5th, 2008
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Categories: News, Media, Siblings

House Bill 1006 has passed in Colorado that will help foster children that have siblings in different foster homes and also when a sibling ages out of foster care. It is not uncommon for foster children to be separated in foster care. In some areas, foster siblings can find themselves separated by a number of miles making visits difficult and more likely not to happen. In these situations, siblings are the only family that these foster children may have. A lot of foster children did not have biological parents that they could depend on, so they learned to depend only on each other. In most cases, the bond with foster siblings is a very strong one. The older children tends to be the… [more]

Foster Child Dies in Kinship Placement

July 15th, 2007
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We have to stop looking at family reunification and kinship placements with starry eyes, and not evaluating placements before placing a foster child there. We are placing children right back in harm's way by preserving families at all cost. The cost is high. Foster children continue to be abused, and some will die when placed in kinship placements or family reunification. These children are living in difficult, sometimes deadly situations on a daily basis. Thinking that all families can be one big happy family is a pie in the sky idea, and it is not pratical. We have to be realistic that family reunification will not be the answer for all families, or even a large part of them. A two year old toddler boy died while… [more]

A Foster Story of Hope

June 30th, 2007
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Categories: News, Media

In foster care you hear so many negatives about children that struggle with life long issues. Children get lost in the system, and on, and on. It is easy to get caught in all the pain and heartache that comes with foster care. There are successful foster children and others that have learned to manage their pain, grief, and struggles in life they have faced. A former foster child is working towards making foster care better for other children. Lily did have her fair share of struggles in foster care but she chose to work hard and overcome them. She was like many other foster teen and dealt with multiple placements. She even overcame a horrible foster parent that would have her make an appointment to go… [more]

More about the Bizaare Story of Toddler Found in Parking Lot

June 29th, 2007
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Categories: News, Media, The System

A father of an 11 month old boy that was abandoned earlier this month in a hospital parking lot in Delaware is facing charges on child endangerment and abandonment. The police are also looking into the disappearance for the toddler’s mother last seen June 7 with her son and boyfriend. The last time she was heard from was June 8, her six year old son that lives with his father talked with her. The boyfriend is being called a person of interest by police. Police are still investigating whether the missing woman's disappearance may be connected to the mob. The father of the toddler also has a second family that includes a one year old boy. The toddler was found with a note in his diaper… [more]

Michigan Foster Care Problems

June 29th, 2007
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Categories: News, Media, The System

A new state reports that the state is still failing the children in foster care. There are a few areas that they have talked about changing things. Some totally make sense and should have happened long ago, while other changes could be a step back instead of improving. First major area of concern is the high caseloads, burnout and high turn over with their caseworkers. Caseworker caseload involves 20 to 30 cases per worker. I do believe the caseload is too high due to the amount of work involved with each child. I do know that other states have caseworkers with a caseloads as high as 60 cases for one worker (totally crazy). Their solution for this problem is to hire more than 250 workers that… [more]

Should the Foster Parents Identities Be Known to the Public?

June 28th, 2007
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Since foster parents can be viewed as employees of the state does the public (including the biological parents) have the right to our names, address and other information? This has been some of the talk since the problems with the Ohio foster care system. Does this open a whole new can of worms so to speak? Some foster parents have done horrible things to the foster children in their care and some have even died, which should not happen. I cannot see how making foster parent's information public would be able to stop tragedies in foster care. The truth is that some foster parents provide foster care to some very shady and even criminal biological parents. I have been called by a caseworker after a biological… [more]