4th Foster Home Part 1

I was moved to Green Bay, WI without a home assessment ever being done. Green Bay’s CPS department was never told about my arriving here. There were no home visits, no social worker check-ins. Dolores did not believe in psychology or psychiatry so she cut me off my anxiety medications (cold turkey) and did notContinue reading “4th Foster Home Part 1”

Let’s Change the World. Submissions Welcome

Foster Parents, former fosters, social workers, parents, survivors of child abuse and others related to the foster care system. Do you have a story to tell? Do you have ideas as to what changes in the system can make things better? I have designed my website with the hope of being able to share yourContinue reading “Let’s Change the World. Submissions Welcome”

College Bridge Program for Former Fosters

In 2014, I worked with an admissions counselor at the University of Wisconsin Green Bay to design a program which would increase the college application rates, retention rates, GPS’s and graduation rates of former foster youth. This program was looked at by many, including individuals at NWTC. It was decided the resources were not thereContinue reading “College Bridge Program for Former Fosters”

Life Skill Group for Foster Youth

Over the years I have spent a lot of time pondering the ways foster youth, specifically teenagers, can be better prepared for entering the adult world. This is a Life Skills group idea I came up with.             Professionals working in the field of child welfare have spent decades amassing countless research which indicates theContinue reading “Life Skill Group for Foster Youth”

Anonymous Story

This story was shared with me by a survivor of extreme childhood abuse. She was never “rescued” into foster care, but her siblings were. At the end of this post she leaves a note for kids currently in the foster system today. My name is anonymous, and this is my story. I was never aContinue reading “Anonymous Story”

Impacts of Foster Youth Transitional Living Programs

Introduction             According to the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) (2008), the primary mission of social workers is to enhance the lives of individuals who are vulnerable, oppressed, or living in poverty.  One of the most vulnerable, poverty stricken, and overlooked populations in the United States today is comprised of former foster children thatContinue reading “Impacts of Foster Youth Transitional Living Programs”

Third Foster Home Diary Entries Age 14

Before you, the reader read these entries, I wanted you to know that there are some very upsetting things you will read about in here in relation to the foster setting. Over a decade after I wrote these entries I found out that Sunshine, one of my social workers, did believe what I told herContinue reading “Third Foster Home Diary Entries Age 14”

Failed Reunification. Age 14 Diary Entries

July 10, 1999 Age 14 I can’t believe it.  I’m actually home. This morning when I got up Mitch and Jene had a little talk with me about how all good things must end.  Then they all helped me load my stuff.  They also gave me my mattress, the dolphin sheets, and bedspread.                When momContinue reading “Failed Reunification. Age 14 Diary Entries”

Problems stemming from the Adoption and Safe Families Act.

I wrote this paper, a few years ago, in grad school. It takes an in-depth look into the history of foster care, the introduction of the Adoption and Safe Families Act and the negative consequences this act has had on foster youth. Negative impacts include high levels of homelessness, poverty, drug abuse and mental healthContinue reading “Problems stemming from the Adoption and Safe Families Act.”

Foster Home #2. Ages 13 and 14

I have to say, this one was a hard read for me. I had typed these entries out 6 years ago and at that time I had not recognized how much anger and sadness was taking over the person I was because I still harbored some of that in 2013. Reading these entries anger theContinue reading “Foster Home #2. Ages 13 and 14”