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Life is beautiful whether you're soaking in sunshine or caught in a thunderstorm. I take the beauty of life for granted too often. I have a supportive husband who I don't want to live life without, a beautiful son who is always reminding me of the simple things that really matter, and an independent daughter who is teaching me to throw schedules out the window and live in the moment. My day is made when free samples fill my mailbox. I love discovering a new product and sharing it with others. I'm addicted to coupons and every penny counts. I hope you will enjoy reading my posts and will share your success stories with me as well.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Quotes from Foster Children

Most of you know that I'm a huge advocate for foster parenting.  I've been a foster parent for almost 7 years and I can honestly say I wouldn't of lived my life any other way.  All 22 children that have come into our home have blessed me and taught me more about life than anyone else. 

I went to our monthly foster parent meeting last night and wanted to share some quotes I read from children that have been in the foster care system.  Read these quotes and think about how you might be able to help a child in the foster care system even if you can't be a foster parent yourself.  These children need us and need to know that their community cares about them.

“We are normal kids in abnormal circumstances.” Former foster youth, Maine

“They were like, ‘You’re 16. You’re going to go off to college in a couple of years, why do you want a family?’ It’s about my entire life, it’s not just about my childhood. I want to know that I’m going to have a place to come home to during Christmas breaks. I want to know that I’m going to have a dad to walk me down the aisle. That I’m going to have grandparent for my children.”  MARY, Former foster youth, Tennessee

“I don’t think they (people) understand how it feels not being able to say mom and dad. … (G)oing through foster care, you don’t get to say that, you know, that often. And if you do trust somebody enough to say that, who knows how long they’ll stick around.”
Former foster youth, Iowa

“I felt like, you know, parents were torn away from us but it was even more hurtful for me to be torn away from my brothers and sisters. It wasn’t my fault or their fault. It was out of our control. And we shouldn’t have had to be separated like that.”
Former foster youth, California

“I wish I had someone with me, you know, like a mentor, for my entire life. I mean, I’m fine with all the changes in my social worker but … I never really met someone in the system or someone, (a) mentor, that was with me my entire life.”
Former foster youth, California

“When you have a family, you have everything. You are lucky to have parents and you should always remember that. When I won the Youth Spirit Award, it was exciting. And I have won many awards and things at school, too. But every time I walked up to receive my award, there was no family there to see me get it. Other kids had a mom or a dad to watch them get their award. It should have been a happy occasion. But for me … I wish I had a family there for me.” ANNA MARIA, former foster youth, Connecticut

3 comments:

  1. Touching comments, really makes you think about how life must be for many of them. Did any of these kids get adopted? Made me tear up and thankful for the family I have no matter how crazy it may be at times.

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  2. i have been in foster care for 7 years in and out and hav yet to b adopted

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    1. I'm so sorry! Stay strong and know that you are being prayed for, that God will bring the family that needs you into your life very soon.

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