Information and support for youth or adults who have been in the CPS system (Child Protective Services)
Kids can do a lot of things for themselves, but they need someone to take care of them. Kids need a house, a place to sleep, nutritious food to eat, clothes to wear, and toys to play with. Kids also need someone who will take them to the doctor and dentist, make sure they get a bath, and get them up in the morning so they get to school. And just as important, kids need someone who loves them and does not hurt or abuse them.
The estimated 518,000 children in foster care are among the
most at-risk children in American society, and because the quality
of their primary and secondary education is a major factor in
determining whether or not they succeed in life, policymakers
should work to improve learning opportunities for foster children
by expanding their education options.
All children deserve a safe, happy life-including the 513,000 American children and youth in foster care. Many of these formerly abused or neglected children and teens will safely reunite with their parents, be cared for by relatives, or be adopted by loving families. But others are less fortunate. Every year, more than 20,000 older youth "age out" of foster care and are left alone to face life's challenges. No matter how much time you have to give, you can do something positive that will Change a Lifetime for a young person in foster care.
The saying goes that you can choose your friends but you can't choose your family. Spend your life showing those you love that they will always have their family no matter what happens.
increases the trauma they already feel in being separated from all that is familiar to them. It does not allow the children an opportunity to learn to resolve differences and develop stronger sibling relationships in a healthy, supportive environment.
254,000 will leave foster care this year, nearly 128,000 will be re-unified with their families, another 52,000 will find new loving families through adoption and 36,000 will stay with a guardian or with their families through kinship care. But at the same time 28,000 youth will leave foster care because they became too old and they “aged” out of foster care and 1500 will runaway. Another 254,000 will enter foster care and replace the ones that left. Far too many will spend the entire year in care. Let help save these children!
Adopted children, or biological children who were neglected early in life or not nurtured enough in their biological or foster placements can seem like difficult or cold children. The temper they can display or the lack of emotion can be troubling to those who are trying to love them. RAD, or reactive attachment disorder can begin as early as infancy if the needs of the infant are not met; needs such as proper bonding when feeding, diaper changes, stimulation are some of the infant needs. Older children who are exposed to abuse (sexual, emotional or physical) can also develop RAD because of the inability to have trust in those who are supposed to be caring for them.
RAD is a daunting diagnosis but it is one that can be helped with the proper care.
It is hard to realize that the people we love are the ones who can hurt us the most—but forgiving is half the healing.
Thuggizzle aka Phillip Hodge sits down with Bridget Smith to talk about life before and after foster care.