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Davion’s Story | We Can Do Better, America

Oct
18
Oct 18, 2013

Have you heard of Davion Navar Henry?

He is a young man who was so moved by his desire to have a family and his faith that he arranged to speak to a Florida congregation and ask to be adopted.

 

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In foster care since he was a baby, he recently found out his mother, who had given birth to him in jail, had passed away. He found out while searching online.

“I know God hasn’t given up on me. So I’m not giving up either,” Davion told the congregation of 300, dressed in a donated suit and tie. “I’ll take anyone. Old or young, dad or mom, black, white, purple. I don’t care. And I would be really appreciative. The best I could be.”

 

I wept when I watched it–especially the part where he explains that he just wants to be loved. While his faith inspires me, this is one of the saddest things I have ever seen. It just doesn’t make sense that we have children begging for families. It hurts my soul and I know it tugs on your heart as well.

We can do better, America. We really can. As National Adoption Month is coming up (November!), let’s make the commitment to bring more attention to those who are in the foster care system and want to be adopted into a family. Let’s brainstorm together some ways to make this happen! (Leave a comment if you have an idea.) I will compile the ideas into a post at the beginning of November and we can use it to make a difference.

Yes, we CAN make a difference in the lives of the 400,000 children currently in the foster care program–kids like Davion–who want to be loved “no matter what.”

Thank you for your inspiration and example, Davion.

 

 

What I Wish People Knew About Foster Care | Foster Mother of the Year

Oct
9
Oct 9, 2013

 Today we are talking about foster care.

I reached out to Jenn Larkin, Salt Lake Region’s Foster Mother of the Year. I asked her if she would tell us what she wished people knew about foster care.

Jenn is the real deal. A foster mother herself and an amazing advocate, I was delighted to read about her in the Foster Roster (Utah Foster Care’s newsletter). I love the quote they featured in the newsletter.

I’m just grateful–every day–that we pushed through the doubts about whether we could do this, whether or not we could risk becoming attached and having to let go… I’m so glad we persevered because we have been exactly where we needed to be, at exactly the right time for our family!

 

So, with that introduction, I now give you The Foster Care Mom of the Year telling us what she wishes people knew about foster care:

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The thoughts running through my mind are many. There is just SO much! Of course I want everyone to know the statistics (in Utah there are 2600 children in care and not nearly enough foster families to support them). I also want to bust some myths and tell them that these are NOT bad kids, just children in bad situations. They need a safe place to call home while their family is repaired. And sometimes, they need a forever family that will love them unconditionally for the rest of their lives. I think what I want people to understand most is that THEY CAN DO THIS! Through years of serving as a Foster Parent Ambassador, the comment I get the most is “I couldn’t do that.” There are MANY reasons why people say they can’t be foster parents. They don’t want to get attached, they couldn’t deal with those kind of parents…. Well, I rebuttal.

YES, YOU CAN! If you have ever given money to a homeless stranger, helped a neighbor carry in their groceries, served in a church calling or helped in a teachers classroom, you can do this. Why? Because you care. If you have ever helped a less fortunate family with Christmas, assisted an elderly woman across the street, or donated food to your local food bank, you can do this. Why? Because you care. The only “extra” you need is a caring heart. You care about what is taking place in the world around you. You care about the society that your children will be growing up in. That is the kind of caring heart you need to be a foster parent.

You may have to say goodbye to someone you end up falling in love with, and if thats the case, you are doing the job perfectly. You loved with all your heart. You let your guard down and you let that child in. By doing this, you may have given him just enough that he won’t participate in the next gang shooting. He will recognize that he was loved…. and he will become more. Isn’t it amazing that you can change a life by doing nothing more than showing love?!?

Why do I love being a foster parent? Because it has changed my life insurmountably. I cannot tell you all the benefits of doing this because there are SO many! Every one of my children is a product of foster care, and every one of them is PERFECT! They have grown because of love. Foster care changes lives… but not just theirs. It will change yours more than you can imagine.

 

Thank you so much, Jenn! You are an inspiration!

 

 

Matching Monday | Featuring Teens in Foster Care

Oct
7
Oct 7, 2013

 

What are Matching Mondays?

Just about every Monday, I feature children who are waiting to be adopted through the foster care program. Each child has been approved by the heart galleries that host them to appear on my blog. Not every heart gallery from every state has given us permission to post their waiting children (some we can only link to, some we can use photos and some change their minds constantly about whether or not we are allowed to help in their outreach efforts) …we are working on that. Brenda of Another Small Adventure really does all the work on this. She knows foster care waaay better than I do and I am grateful for all her help.

 

Kids Available for Adoption - Dylan

 

Dylan, age 17 from Utah.

He is an easy-going teen who can always be found with a basketball in hand!

 

 

View the heart galleries from all the states. Click on the states you are interested in.

Share the Matching Monday link on your blog to help these children find forever families! See all the buttons available. Or press “like” at the top or bottom of the post to share these waiting children with your Facebook friends!

 

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