2021 Tales of Strength & Love
Childhood should be a time of innocence; a time to learn and grow with the support of a loving adult. But for many in foster care, this isn’t the case.
Our 2021 Tales of Strength & Love series features the stories of child advocates with lived experience who have a vision for how we can make life better for kids in child-serving systems, and a passion to make it happen. They will move you and inspire you.
By Bobbi Taylor
“When I watch my oldest son, who is five, he is so patient and kind to his siblings. I believe that children are a reflection of their parents, and he is a reflection of me and his dad. I set high standards for myself, and sometimes think I fall short as a mom, but then when I see my son and other children, I think, maybe I am a good mom. The child welfare system is a reflection of who all of us are as a society, and as a system. It’s time to make sure we like what we see.”
When Children’s Rights Came Knocking
By Ryan Barker
“In 2008 my partner and I fostered a little boy who became our son a year later. He came to us with minimal health or immunization records and four different prescription medications. That seemed like a lot for an eight-year-old. I wanted to find out if this made any sense. But finding a child psychiatrist was not easy.”
Childhood is Our First Right
Thousands of children are trapped in systems they do not understand. These systems fail to understand that children need time and space to be children and develop the foundations that allow them to be who they truly are.
Help us build a better childhood for kids everywhere and donate to our Childhood is Our First Right campaign today.