May 24, 2017
BENEFITING: Foster Care Alumni Of America
EVENT DATE: Jun 16, 2018
There's a small part of me that's afraid to ask for help. Afraid to need something from someone else. Desperate to not be "a bother." I grew up in and out of foster homes, guttering with each transition like a candle moving from room to room. Some of my siblings also spent time in care. My father was in a boy's home and eventually ran away. My brother Damien died from suicide at age 14 - a victim of terminal heartbreak.
There are millions of stories like ours.
I believe foster children are OUR children. Even if we don't actively foster youth. Even if we don't have plans to adopt.
It is easy to push thoughts of those "poor kids" aside as someone else's problem. But the truth is, their families can't (or won't) take care of them. Not right now. Maybe not ever. SO. These children are OUR children. And they need us - not just when they're little, but even after age 18, when - let's be honest - adulting gets real, even for the most advantaged youth. I was lucky to have the support of caring family in my twenties and beyond, but many foster youth do not have a support system for all the normal growing up questions - how to do taxes, how to get their first loan, what to wear at a job interview, and even who to spend the holidays with.
We, the larger community are called to help.
Tonight: They gutter.
for a mother,
in the space,
in the silence.
Others cave -
before such a night:
Hope, resounding with
the boom and echo of footfall,
the whisper of arms opening.
You and me and we.
We CAN help.
This year I invite you to walk with me at the Oklahoma City Foster Walk on June 3rd and/or donate what you can to support the Foster Care Alumni of America. If just 20 people gave $50, we'd make goal! But don't worry if that's too much - Every little bit helps - even $1.00. If you aren't able to contribute financially, simply sharing this request on social media helps and, for that, I thank you.
Your donation supports the Foster Care Alumni of America:
Official FCAA statement:
"It is estimated that 12 million people have experienced foster care in the U.S. Many of us left care without a strong community and still experience the effects of child abuse and trauma well into adulthood. Foster Care Alumni of America empowers our peers to build a strong community and use their collective voice for change.
When you support our FosterWalk events, it benefits our national organization and our local chapters. Funds raised from the FosterWalks empower foster care alumni through peer support, leadership development and advocacy."
Learn more: www.fostercarealumniofamerica.org
What's that? You want to walk?
Here are the details:
June 3rd 10:00 AM
Oklahoma State Capitol,
2300 North Lincoln Blvd.,
Oklahoma City, OK 73105
Kid friendly. Food Trucks will be there. Keith, Ava and I will be there.
Oh, and P.S.
Consider sharing this fundraiser with your community.
We'd like more folks to know about the FCAA (I wasn't even aware of it until a couple of years ago) and the services they provide. Thank you for your time and consideration.