FCAM: The Players of Foster Care

FCAM: The Players of Foster Care

{day 16} Finding foster families. Tomorrow I’ll be back on stories sharing some other ways to help foster families and the kiddos and families they serve. But even if you’re motivated to help, it’s hard to know WHO to help. Let’s break it down into a few main players. 

The obvious: kids in foster care. If you want to work directly with kiddos in care, I suggest googling your city and “emergency shelter”, “foster group home” or “therapeutic group home” or some variation of those. Kids aging out of care are particularly underserved and extremely vulnerable as they leave foster care, often with not a single stable adult as a safety net or role model. These young adults are particularly at risk for exactly what you’d imagine - homelessness, trafficking, addiction, unplanned pregnancy, joblessness, and continued poverty. Many kids in foster care are the children of parents who were also in care. Sometimes the difference between life and death - literally - is one stable mentor. Could that be you? 

Biological families. Perhaps the most underserved group in the foster care system is parents. In Texas, when children are removed, parents have time (usually a year) to do what the state says - parenting classes, rehab, find a job, find housing, anger management, leave an abusing partner, etc. Things we take for granted like transportation can prove impossible hurdles for parents who are trying to comply. Maybe you can talk to a local social services department about giving rides to classes or offer to teach life skills or help them find resources or prepare for job interview? (I try to remember that I had hundreds of good role models growing up. Many of these parents had zero).

Social workers. Sometimes given a bad rap, they usually entered this work with the best of intentions and heart. Look online for a group providing support like supplies for after kids are removed or celebrating social workers and all they do. It can be thankless. 

How can you connect with one of the groups above? What might your life be like if you were in their circumstances?

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