We are looking for 100 dedicated people who would like to positively impact children in foster care. The first 100 people who email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with “Ambassador” in the subject line will receive a free .pdf of our book “This Is Mine: My Story, My Life.” In exchange for the free e-book, we ask that you read the book and post an honest review on Amazon by May 17. Our book is titled “This Is Mine: My Story, My Life” because many children have their people, their possessions, and their person-hood stripped away when they enter foster care, but … Continue reading Positively Impact Children In Foster Care
Finding Healing for Foster Children In my professional life as a social worker, there have been seasons that I can only explain as “Walking Through The Valley of the Shadow.” These seasons tend to be a characterized by layer after unforgiving layer of trauma experienced by the families I serve. Children who have experienced abuse, neglect, or significant losses have had long seasons walking through the valley, prior to our involvement with them. It is our job to help them get to the other side and discover that even flowers grow in the valley. The shadows in the valley are … Continue reading Walking Through The Valley of the Shadow
Guest Post by Nikky Greer, MyFosterCareStory.com Why is the foster care system so complex? Everyone knows it is broken, so why don’t policymakers fix it? Whose fault is it? Who suffers? These are some of the questions that plagued me as I began developing a research project centered on the foster care system. I wanted to help young people and children in foster care, but didn’t know how. As I learned more, I was surprised. Foster kids aren’t the only ones suffering under current foster care policy. But maybe I’m getting ahead of myself. One question at a time. Why is … Continue reading Fostering Stories, and Perspectives
Childhood Depression can be a very serious issue. Like adults, children can suffer from depressive episodes. Children who suffer from depression may not be able to put into words how they are feeling. Childhood depression is quite similar to a … Continue reading What To Do If Your Child Is Depressed
WARNING: Some of the information shared here is graphic in nature. We are intensely busy reading, drafting, formatting, typing, crying (a little) and prayerfully lacing together the stories that our amazing foster alumni have so bravely shared in our book … Continue reading Painful Past, Promising Future & Powerful Presence
Imagine that you have five minutes to grab everything that is important to you. What would you grab? Would it be your clothes? Photographs? …. You can’t take your favorite kitty with you. Now imagine that you are six years … Continue reading Garbage Bag Kids
You can order your copy of This Is Mine: My Story, My Life on Amazon. Continue reading Order This Is Mine
The 90/Ten Project has been absent of my personal touch for quite a season. Something happened to me in the process of writing “This Is Mine: My Story, My Life”… I became so aware of the feelings and life stories of the foster children I was serving, had served, or would be serving in my profession as a child welfare worker that it became very overwhelming and I was emotionally raw. I kept pouring through my memory banks of children and wondering if I had made the right decisions, advocated enough, helped them enough, or if I had failed them. … Continue reading Breaking Silence
As I write this post, I cannot help but feel very disheartened. I have been a Child Protective Service Worker in my county for over five years. Recently, my county commissioners have funded capital improvements, paid off the mortgage to our building twenty years early, purchased new chairs and carpet, and replaced our phone system. The same commissioners refuse to invest equitable resources in the very people who protect and serve the children of our community. We are experiencing high turnover, defeated morale, and a general distrust between Caseworkers and Management. Simultaneously we have greatly expanded our responsibilities with minimal … Continue reading Children Worth Fighting For?
Guest Post from Contributor Kellie Hamilton This excerpt is taken from the book “This Is Mine: My Story, My Life” If you would like to know more, you can order your copy of this powerful book here. As a caseworker, I have heard time and time again from foster parents that “all they need is love.” Until I started my own journey in this challenging career field, I probably thought the same thing myself. However, I have since learned that this is just one of the biggest misconceptions about the needs of these special children. Yes, all children do need … Continue reading Tips for Foster Parents
As a young child I used to sing into my hairbrush “microphone,” dreaming that ONE day I would be just like the teen idol “Tiffany”. I would sing “I Think We’re Alone Now” at the top of my lungs, no … Continue reading When I Grow Up?