“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
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
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