More on National Foster Care Month

posted by Dr. James G. Hood
Tuesday, May 25, 2010

 

 

Each year, nearly 800,000 children experience foster care in the United States because their own families are in crisis and unable to provide for their essential well-being. Older youth in care are in most need of urgent attention. These youth exit foster care without the appropriate family connections, resources, skills or options they need to live independently.

National Foster Care Month is an annual opportunity to recognize the contributions of the compassionate people making a lifelong difference in the lives of children in foster care. It is also an opportunity to encourage citizens from all walks of life to get involved—as foster or adoptive parents, volunteers, mentors, employers or in other ways.

There are countless examples of foster parents creating possibilities and supporting success for children whose lives have been full of unimaginable challenges and obstacles. Seventeen-year-old Estrellita (Starr) and Consuelo (Connie) Barber are two examples.

After entering care for the third time at the age of 14 and quickly passing through seven foster placements, the twins have found a permanent home with a supportive foster mother. She is a strong role model and mentor to Starr and Connie and has allowed them to make positive changes. Today, the twins are thriving, preparing for college and contributing to their community through organizations including Adelante, the New Mexico foster youth advocates organization.  

“School is my main priority along with mentoring younger foster youth. I want to show them that there is more to life than foster care and that entering the foster care system isn’t always a bad thing. Although we lost a family we care about, in the process we gained a better one,” says Connie

No matter how much time you have to give, you have the power to do something positive for a young person in care. Find resources, success stories, event listings and more at www.fostercaremonth.org.

(Article courtesy of National Foster Care Month-National CASA – CASA for Children.” National CASA – Court Appointed Special Advocate Association – CASA for Children: Advocating for Abused and Neglected Children. Web. 25 May 2010. <http://www.casaforchildren.org/site/c.mtJSJ7MPIsE/b.6003185/k.6FB4/National_Foster_Care_Month.htm>.)



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