Children’s Rights, a New York-based organization that has brought class-action litigation against several states with troubled child welfare systems, is looking for participants for its 2nd annual Fostering the Future campaign this May.
The campaign highlights daily blogs that depict the experiences of people who have lived in state care, to create further awareness of child welfare issues by having those with first-hand experience tell their stories.
The deadline for submissions is February 28. Last year’s posts can be viewed at fosteringthefuture.com.
Those who would like to participate should submit a blog post of up to 750 words and a high-resolution photo to Alysa Stryker at firstname.lastname@example.org. The blog should, in some way, shape or form, address the following:
“How did going through foster care affect your life? Based on your experience, do you think foster care should change?”
If they wish, writers may want to consider addressing:
* What they would say to other kids going through foster care
* Who influenced them while they were in foster care
* What are their best and/or worst memories of foster care
* Any other issues related to foster care that they personally find important
The blogs, which are promoted via CR’s Facebook and Twitter pages, are housed on a micro-site as well as the CR website. CR encourages a creative approach. As each person, and his or her experience, is unique, there is no template for the blogs. And while CR is an organization that works to reform foster care, the organization strives to include all perspectives in Fostering the Future, including those who found their experiences to be positive and beneficial.
Blogs will be edited for length and clarity and submitting a blog does not guarantee it will be used.