Has Compassion Disappeared?

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?

ACEs…Great in Poker not in Childhood

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

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

ReMoved: Understanding the Lived Foster Care Experience

"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

The Luggage of Foster Care

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

Feelings of Youth in Foster Care

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?"