June 27th, 2012
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1095865_happy_time_1I am sitting in a very hot room waiting for a pack of teenagers to head my way. I am their teacher. I look forward to every moment of that teaching time but I have to admit, I am relishing the quiet of this room to collect my thoughts before I am overtaken.

Teens are an interesting bunch. They have so much energy and a certain power that resides in their youth. I think that is why many people covet the teen years and wish them back. If the teen years are good, they are very good. If they are not- they are terrible. This is where foster teens struggle. They are in what some would call the prime of their lives and yet things are just not right. Their family is broken, their hearts are broken and often their wills are damaged. Is it possible to work in a life that has been through so much?


I have to answer my own question and say, “Yes! It is possible.”

I caution you though, that much of the work that is put in is often not seen for many, many years. It appears (often) that the investment is a bust. The teenagers that I have fostered, adopted and mentored seem to carry on in the way that they were walking before I came into the picture- nothing monumental changes. Yet, I have it on good authority (from others who have gone before me on this path) that the kids have come into their own in the end. They have fallen back on the information, love and support that they received in their time of need and used that to make better decisions for their futures.

It is difficult to foster/mentor a teen. The intricacy of their lives is often impossible to understand or correct. Yet, the need for teen fostering/mentoring is enormous. Daily more teens are added to the hard to place list. They deserve a shot at normalcy. They deserve the best. If you are interested in fostering or mentoring a teen, contact the local family services organization. They can point you in the right direction. If everyone touched the life of one teen in their lifetime- the world would be a remarkably better place. What an awesome opportunity to change the course of the future for one child. They will respect it in the end. That has been proven.

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One Response to “Touching the Life of a Teen”

  1. shayla says:

    Dear friends,

    I wanted to let you know about a new petition I created on We the People, a new feature on WhiteHouse.gov, and ask for your support. Will you add your name to mine? If this petition gets 100,000 signatures by August 09, 2013, the White House will review it and respond!

    We the People allows anyone to create and sign petitions asking the Obama Administration to take action on a range of issues. If a petition gets enough support, the Obama Administration will issue an official response.

    You can view and sign the petition here:


    Here’s some more information about this petition:

    To make the adoption tax credit refundable for 2014, this will help in the placement of more children.

    Make the adoption tax credit refundable for 2014, this with help place more children in forever homes instead of years of foster care. The average America can’t afford the skyrocketing cost of in state adoption and the added expense of the additional children without this credit.

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