Aging Out of Foster Care | A Daunting Challenge

Guest post by Annie Evelsizer For many youth on their 18th birthday of their senior year of high school, there is a desire to host a party to celebrate their first small step towards adulthood. There are worries over what should be worn, what snacks to serve, if anyone was left anyone out, and if there would be enough time …

How Can You Say “Yes”?

*This post is by guest blogger Annie Evelsizer.  This story is inspired by true events and real people.   As a respite care provider in the foster care system, she agreed to care for a bubbly and busy 11-month-old boy over a long weekend so his foster parents could take a family vacation. With three elementary aged biological children of …

Resource Roundup

The times may be uncertain, but we can be certain that there are still needs, and everyone is uniquely positioned to make a difference. “The work of today is the history of tomorrow, and we are its makers” – Juliette Gordon Low, founder of Girl Scouts of the USA Check out these resources to learn how you can be activated …

Is My Student At-Risk?

Human trafficking is everywhere, including schools. The very idea seems unimaginable. And yet, whether a school is in an urban, suburban, or rural community, students may be at risk of human trafficking and exploitation. Any minor who is recruited for the purpose of commercial sex is a victim of human trafficking. Federal law does not require force, fraud, or coercion. …

What Do You Know About Foster Care and What You Can Do?

May is National Foster Care Month, with an annual presidential proclamation dating back to President Reagan in 1988. Currently, there are over 440,000 children and youth in foster care. This month is a time to recognize everyone that helps families and youth with permanent homes and connections, including foster parents, family members, volunteers, mentors, child welfare professionals, and community members …

National Adoption Month

As of October of 2017, there were over 117,000 children in foster care waiting to be adopted and only 4,714 intercountry adoptions to the U.S. People may not know what they have to offer when it comes to adoption, but there is something EVERYONE can do.  November is National Adoption Month, and a time when community members, professionals, parents, and …

FAQ: What is My Role in This Effort? (Not Just Hypothetically)  

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If you’ve been in the anti-trafficking movement for even a short time, you’ve probably seen this question before: What can one person actually do to make a difference in the fight against human trafficking? Hundreds of amazing organizations serving in the field have thousands of answers to this question. (If you’re new to the issue of human trafficking, start with our Human Trafficking 101 series to get caught up.) But honestly? A …

Aging Out of Foster Care

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Any wise elder, self-help book, or motivational speaker will tell you that in order to succeed, you have to have a plan. You have to begin with the end in mind. But, how can you plan for a successful future when you’re not sure what the next week, month, or year will hold for you in the most fundamental areas …

What do 437,500 Kids in the US have in Common?

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Every two minutes, a child in the United States enters foster care. In 2017, there were 437,500 children in foster care, and that number is rising every day. May is National Foster Care Month. It’s a time when community members, parents, child welfare professionals, and YOU can engage in a national conversation about the issue of foster care in the United States. …

5 Reasons Foster Youth Become Human Trafficking Victims

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Why are foster youth more likely to be trafficked and what can you do to help? In 2013, the FBI conducted a nationwide raid in 70 cities. That night, 60% of the youth they rescued from sex traffickers were missing from foster care or from group homes. In 2007, a study of 2,250 child victims of trafficking revealed that 75% …