The Lived Experience of Foster Care

“Do you feel that being in foster care has the changed the way you view yourself?” “How has where you lived and who you lived with impacted the way you see the world?” “How about your view of others?”  “Do you think that your experience before and during your foster care placement will have any  longstanding effects on your… Continue reading The Lived Experience of Foster Care

Listen Carefully…A Podcast

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

Broken Stories

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

Foster Care as an Adjective

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