Welcome to the end of 2013! Today I want to share three awesome resources available to support teens in foster care during the holiday season.
FosterClub, the national network for young people in foster care, recognizes the struggle faced by young people in and from foster care during the holidays. FosterClub provides the following Holiday Guides to offer ideas and encouragement to young people and the adults who support them.
- 12 Ideas for supportive adults to help a young person in foster care through the holidays (view here)
- Helping Young People in Foster Care Through the Holidays (view here)
- FosterClub’s Guide for Getting Through the Holidays (view here)
Many of you know that my favorite movie is Krush Groove. I also love Christmas music and old school hip hop. You don’t have to be a Rocket Scientist to figure that I am a Run DMC fan and one of my favorite Christmas songs is Christmas in Hollis. Check out the video here.
SPRING 2014 COMMUNICATIONS INTERNSHIP FOR COLLEGE STUDENT IN FOSTER CARE
Flexible internship opportunity will utilize journalism, public relations, and marketing strategies.
The Teen Toolbox Spring 2014 Internship Opportunity is designed to be a mutually beneficial working relationship. Internship is an unpaid opportunity for Washington metropolitan area college student in foster care or recent foster care alumni. The Teen Toolbox will provide practical work experience that allows intern to develop and enhance skills in journalism, marketing, and public relations. Intern will receive quality training and have access to critical academic and career resources. Intern is encouraged to take initiative and request assignments or projects that relate specifically to their career goals and that will strengthen this professional experience.
Intern must be self-motivated and able to work independently. Intern and Chief Visionary Officer will agree on tasks weekly. Many tasks can be completed online and reviewed with Chief Visionary Officer by telephone and email. Intern and Chief Visionary Officer will meet in person at least twice per month. Internship will begin in January 2014 and end in May 2014. Maximum 10 hours per week. Renewal is possible.
Our 7th Annual Pack A Purse™ Drive launches on TODAY, November 8, 2013. We are collecting purses (including totes and other handbags) filled with personal hygiene items for teen girls in foster homes, group homes, and homeless shelters. Only new and gently used purses will be accepted.
Personal hygiene items needed: toothbrush, toothpaste, mouthwash, hand sanitizer, deodorant, soap, lotion, powder, shampoo, conditioner, shaving items, and lip gloss.
The Next Level – Pack A Purse Drive™ Phase II:
• We need several drop-off locations in the community for Pack A Purse Drive ™. Churches, hair salons, coffee shops, schools, community centers, and other local businesses.
• We are in need of a central location for sorting and packing donations. Volunteers welcomed!
• We desire a location that will allow participating agencies to be given specific “shopping” times so that youth can come and select their own items.
• We never want to make deliveries in black garbage bags so donations of large holiday shopping bags and other durable large bags will be accepted during each drive.
Reflections of a Foster Child
When you see a child in care, when you see me…
Answer this question, what do you see?
Do you see resiliency? Do you see what I plan to be?
I don’t think so, I think you see the system because to you, I have no face!
So for me to overcome the system I must move from place to place.
Integration, segregation, group homes, different homes
Overcoming the system is like living in a dome.
To overcome the system, I need love and support.
I feel like an unborn baby hearing the doctor’s say “Abort”.
You see we want to overcome the system but were confused we don’t know what’s in store.
Is the system a safety net or just another Trap Door?
© Rick, Foster Child
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Unless you’ve been living under a rock you’ve heard the buzz about the ABC Family show television “The Fosters”. It is currently the second highest show on ABC Family and has been renewed for another season.
I was not impressed with the first couple of episodes. I was left wondering if the show was actually causing more damage to the image of foster care and adoption. Was it creating new stereotypes or reinforcing old stereotypes? I asked myself numerous times “does this make me want to adopt?” With hesitation I decided to watch the entire season as a (fictional) foster care case study.