Saturday, June 27, 2015

Mapping out our mission and our boundaries

Whenever foster care youth, alumni and allies come together and make a difference -- that is altogether GREAT with me.

I truly believe that we are indeed Better Together.

The only time you will ever see my walls of protection rise is when I worry that foster care youth and alumni efforts might be at risk of being hijacked by outside interests.

Please expect Mama Bear to come out at that time.

Or, as Galdolf says it:



Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Needing something so badly you don't know how to get it



How do I make healthy connections? 
What does it look like when relationships slowly build over time? 

As foster care youth, we often lack that secure base of knowing that someone will always love us and be there for us.

Walking around without that comfort and reassurance is like walking around with a missing piece inside.

This is an unmet need that we live with every day, until we are able to establish safe, secure, and lasting relationships in our lives.

Because we grow up lacking the security of that connection, I've noticed that foster youth can sometimes go to extremes: trusting either too quickly or too slowly.

It's ironic - this sense of needing something so badly that you don't know how to get it.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Ohio Child Welfare Challenges



Thursday, July 31, 2014

Details matter....


Monday, July 28, 2014

2014 Homeless Children and Youth Act


Because emancipated foster care youth who couch surf are homeless.

Find out more at: http://helphomelesskidsnow.org/ 

Friday, June 13, 2014

Why FCAA Ohio hosts Thanksgivings in Franklin, Cuyahoga and Hamilton Counties



Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Becoming Legal Orphans of the System

Results from the CFSR regarding: "Of all children in foster care for at least two years, what percent achieve permanency within the following year?"

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