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?
There is now a podcast for almost any topic out there from politics, philosophy, crime investigation, and yes, even foster care! The now infamous series Serial, with over 80 million downloads, brought the podcast to its now current status of the "go to" on demand listen while engaging in our day to day tasks. Well, truth be told, I am… Continue reading What’s that Podcast About?
"My past defines me. This is who I am. I am unseen, unheard, unwanted. That is what I am. If I am even anything." ReMoved ReMoved is a poignant short film that portrays the lived foster care experience. The film was written and produced by Nathanael and Christina Matanick to raise awareness of the pain and hopelessness felt by children in the… Continue reading ReMoved: Understanding the Lived Foster Care Experience
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?"
Banksy's street art called A Girl with A Balloon, is painted on a wall in South London. Through my lens as a clinical social worker I am torn in two directions with this piece. I feel sadness, loss, despair, and heartbreak because of the loss of her balloon. But, then I feel the complete opposite; happiness and relief with the prospect that the… Continue reading Broken Stories