Reform Group Looking for Foster Care Alumni to Tell Their Stories

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 astryker@childrensrights.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.

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4 Comments

  1. What I would say to others who are experiencing challenges is that it gets b
    Unlock your potential by focusing on what you want and believe in yourself. There is help out there although it will not fall in your lap. Seek it,do your research and follow up. Do not rely on others to do things for you be responsible and let your passion influence your future. You are the dictator of your future it might not be easy but if you really want it you can have it. Just because you got a slow or difficult beginning does not mean your life has to end that way. Society frowns on foster care children as if we decided to become foster care children on our own, it is not your fault but it will be your fault if you allow your past to dictate your future.

  2. I was not finished and I accidentally hit the submit is there anway for me to complete my comments? If so please reply to my email. I have a lot to say I am a doctorate student now and I am doing my dissertation on aging out of foster care and preparedness for independent living.

  3. “How did going through foster care affect your life? Based on your experience, do you think foster care should change?”
    As A child I had or experienced a lot os personal shame and emotional pain because of feelings of not belonging and feelings of not being wanted. Unless you are going through the same situation you have no clue as to how it feels to be in a house with others and no one looks like you, no one has the same name as you. A make shift family for the most part if you are being treated good with respect, loved and well taken care of is not so bad, however you are still under the unspoken emotional need to be with who you in your mind believes you should be with and that it your mom and dad.
    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

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