On May 1, Children’s Rights will launch our third annual Fostering the Future campaign to amplify the voices of those whose lives have been touched by state care.
The blog-a-day project has seen tremendous success in past years — our writers have raised awareness across the country and even around the world. CR is excited to build on that momentum by sharing even more diverse perspectives this year.One blogger, Elena Taylor, was shuffled through seven foster homes and three group homes, and suffered as a result of not receiving appropriate mental health treatment. “I was being overmedicated. At one point I was given too much Zoloft, and was sent to an inpatient and outpatient treatment program … I had to fight hard to keep excelling in school.”
Another writer, Jamie Schwandt, remembers foster care as an escape from the cycle of drugs and violence at home. “The more distance I put between myself and my biological family, the more I began to see that I could make a brighter future for myself with the help of the foster care system.”
You’ll also hear from Rita Soronen, president and CEO of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, who has worked for over 30 years on behalf of abused and neglected children. In her blog, she tells the story of her organization helping to place a boy in his forever home, after he was kicked out of his grandparents’ house for identifying as transgender.
We’ll be posting these highly personal accounts of foster care on www.fosteringthefuture.com, and sharing them via Facebook and Twitter. Please take the time to read them and pass them along to others to help us raise awareness about life in state care.
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