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What Being Chosen Means During a Global Pandemic – Foster Parents Article

by Foster Youth Museum director, Jamie Lee Evans I have interesting dreams.  Last night I dreamt there was a COVID-19 campaign for people to make friends instead of buying all the toilet paper they can find.  Then I woke up wondering how homeless people are supposed to shelter-in-place when they have no shelter to begin with. Then of course, my mind went to my foster youth community. Fosters – my word for anyone who has a day or more of…

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Chosen: Foster Youth and Their Chosen Families – Foster Parents Article

What supports young people to grow in resilience, success, good health and happiness? Love, connection and belonging. For foster youth this is even more profoundly true, even though fighting for food, clothing and shelter takes up so much energy. Join Foster Youth Museum and our latest exhibition Chosen: Foster Youth and Their Chosen Families and witness youth building their families through choosing, and through love.  The exhibition features compelling photo portraiture from Ray Bussolari and the stories from the mouths…

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A Foster Child’s Wish for the New Year – Foster Parents Article

Posted on December 31, 2019 by Plummer Youth Promise   I am a two-year-old girl who is going to be reunified with my mommy next month. I wish that my foster family would stay in my life. It has really helped that they have gotten to know Mommy. She says they have helped her learn to take better care of me. So, if they could still see us sometimes or maybe let Mommy call them that would be great. I…

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Dear Future Foster Parent: A Message from a Teenager in Care – Foster Parents Article

Posted on October 28, 2019 by Plummer Youth Promise   Dear Future Foster Parent: I am a teenager in foster care.  Since you are thinking about becoming a foster parent here are some things I’d like you to know as you make your decision.   Kids like me need to live with people who get that I’ve been through some really hard times and that it’s because of those hard times that sometimes I’ll give you a hard time. It’s…

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US Department of State 2019 Trafficking in Persons Report – Foster Parents Article

Strong empirical and anecdotal evidence reveals that human traffickers view children that lack families as the ideal target.  The 2019 Trafficking in Persons Report from the US Department of State offers a particularly vivid picture of this reality worldwide. The annual report again underscores a simple truth:  if we care about human trafficking, one powerful way to turn abstract indignation into concrete action is to welcome orphaned children and foster youth into consistent relationships and loving homes. The report again highlights…

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Parenting a Child with a Trauma History – Foster Parents Article

Posted on September 19, 2019 by Plummer Youth Promise Every child in foster care has a trauma history. Something has taken place which made it unsafe for them to remain in the care of their family. And, they have moved to a new home to live with a new family. Many children in foster care have made multiple moves between foster families and group care. These events make up a foster child’s trauma history. As a result of trauma, especially…

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Dear Foster Parents: A Message from Your Teen – Foster Parents Article

Posted on August 14, 2019 by Plummer Youth Promise Dear Foster Parents, I thought it would help if I told you a few things about me. Please remember everything is new to me here. I may not want to keep asking you questions. So, try to remember to show me how things work in your family. Explain the daily routine to me. Show me where you keep the clean towels and what I should do with my dirty clothes. Let…

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Why Older Kids in Care Say They Don’t Need Families, Even When They Do – Foster Parents Article

Posted on August 3, 2019 by Plummer Youth Promise It’s a familiar refrain. An older foster youth approaching their 18th birthday says they want to live on their own.  “I don’t need a family.” For the people who care for and about foster youth, these words hurt to hear. It’s often painfully obvious that a young man or woman isn’t ready to be on their own. So, why are they so insistent? If they’ve grown up in foster care, they…

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From a Foster Child’s Heart: What I Want You to Know – Foster Parents Article

Posted on May 30, 2019 by Plummer Youth Promise As a foster child, here’s what I’d like my foster parent to know. Everything is new to me. When I first join your family, I need to learn so many new things. What time is breakfast and who prepares it? When can I watch TV? How will I get to school and who’ll make sure I have the supplies I need to make a poster for social studies? The list goes…

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7 Resources Every Foster Parent Should Have – Foster Parents Article

Posted on April 16, 2019 by Plummer Youth Promise We’re happy to share this guest blog post from Youth Villages. Youth Villages and Plummer are both members of the Massachusetts Permanency Practice Alliance, which is dedicated to making sure young people leave the foster care system with families who are committed to them forever.  In the meantime, more foster parents are needed.  This post is full of great information; if you’re on the fence about fostering, we particularly like this…

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