On January 22, 2017, Naika Venant a 14-year-old girl committed suicide while in the care of the Florida child welfare system in Miami. She streamed the progression of her self inflicted death on Facebook Live for over two hours from the bathroom of her foster home. Horrifically, there were a reported 1,000 views which should have brought attention and help to Naika, but the opposite happened.… Continue reading Has Compassion Disappeared?
Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) are classified into three categories of events: abuse, neglect, and household dysfunction. The experiences are measured from an individual's childhood until the age of 18 into the ACEs questionnaire, which is 10 questions, to determine their exposure to harmful experiences to determine an overall score. The higher the ACEs score (or number of adverse experiences), the more… Continue reading ACEs…Great in Poker not in Childhood
Yes, you have read the title right! I have created a podcast. For an intimate look into the foster care system, listen to the interview I had with Sam a foster care alumni. In this podcast, I explore with Sam his journey from entrance into foster care to present, at age 25. We explore the impact that… Continue reading Listen Carefully…A Podcast
Going to school just seems like a run of the mill normal expectation for children. A child turns 5 and he starts his formal schooling experience. While most children may probably say they would rather not go to school, they appear to succeed in interacting with teachers, learning new lessons, as well as being exposed to social experiences in developing friendships… Continue reading What About My Education?
We think sometimes that poverty is only being hungry, naked and homeless. The poverty of being unwanted, unloved and uncared for is the greatest poverty. We must start in our own homes to remedy this type of poverty. -Mother Teresa
Pictures speak louder than words! Look at this image of how children and youth in foster care may be feeling and ask yourself "How can I help?"
I recently came upon the poetry of Nayyirah Waheed, a poet who elicits intense emotion and unrivaled beauty. Her choice of simple words with unique grammar, dashes and no capitalization, brings a profound need to relate her poetry to the lived human experience. Here is one example that I came across in my exploration of personhood. Wow, right? A poem,… Continue reading Foster Care as an Adjective