A year ago, I found myself seeking out another career change and ended up with an offer to work for a Child Placing Agency in Kansas. This experience has given me open doors to provide more opportunities to raise awareness for the need for homes for children in foster care. Also, I have been able to have a voice for children who may not be able to advocate for themselves. I continue to believe that children, who are the people that will run our country, be CEOs of companies, provide customer service and so much more, they need us to show them the way when no one else will step up and be that example. Kids need someone who can be their cheerleader for being a kid and participating in activities their age and getting to live their childhood and teen years as just that, a child. I want to be the foster parent who allows them to see their potential and what their futures can be verses what they are told to be.
My years with teens in and out of my home have taught me so much about myself. I have learned that I can accomplish more than I know, have learned more about different behaviors and needs that kids have, built great relationships with birth parents, and learned that if I am willing to learn I am able to teach. Knowledge is key to helping children see their potential for a brighter future.
I believe that everyone can help a child in some way or another, whether that is promoting foster classes, recruiting within their organization for supplies, hosting a suitcase or toiletry drive, taking TIPS-MAPP classes to become a foster parent or respite provider, become a Police Protective Custody home, find a job in social services, become a CASA or educational advocate for a child. The list could go on and on. There is always a way to help. I know there are some stories that have been told that keep people from wanting to take the step to foster. One thing I would recommend is at least take the classes. During those 10 weeks, you never know what will come out of it, who you will meet or what you might find out that could change a child’s life forever.