Welfare VS Unemployment a former Foster Perspective

I wrote this, back in 2008, 2 years after being homeless. Twelve years later I still agree with this, for the most part. Since writing this I have learned more about the complexities of our society and have, what I would like to think, is a bit more of a refined view. For those ofContinue reading “Welfare VS Unemployment a former Foster Perspective”

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”

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”

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”