Remember the story from a couple months ago of the adoptive mom/photographer’s ‘newborn’ photo shoot with her 13-year-old son that went viral? Great…keep that in mind and see request below.
Our Pack A Backpack Drive™ to donate backpacks, duffel bags, and luggage launched on April 8th but today I want to add another item to the wish list – disposable cameras. I wish I could take credit for this great idea but I can’t. The idea was shared with me by Foster Care Alumni, Kea Theroux, after discussion with a Foster Care Alumni of America group on Facebook. Kea was a part of our December blog series highlighting a successful women foster care alumni. As group members were discussing foster care life books, the conversation shifted to the lack of pictures the members had of themselves and the others they were in care with. A foster alum, that is now a foster parent, told the group that as a foster youth, she bought a camera to take pictures of herself and her foster siblings so they would have them too. A great idea was born.
Kea Theroux is a social worker who supports a national extension of the foster care system past age 18 for those who want to remain in care. Kea advocates from her own experience after she disclosed years of neglect which resulted in her spending the ages of 16-19 in the Louisiana foster care system. She was unsure if she had reached a place in her life where she was willing or able to hear other stories of abuse and foster care misfortunes but she has found her decision to serve others to be therapeutic. Despite initial hesitation, Kea has been a CASA Volunteer for two years. She is giving back and helping youth in care break negative cycles and build healthy relationships when just a couple years ago she had never heard of the term ‘foster care alumni’. “There is a powerful influence knowing that others went through the same situation,” she said during our interview.