There is a lot of negativity in the world but I am working on trying to stay positive on what life gives you and I tell my kids to be positive and thankful for what they have and not just the material things. Sometimes I get cases at work that make sad and literally keep me up at night knowing that some children are going through really tough situations such as moving into a new home with strangers, parents missing visits, family not wanting to get involved and every time I can’t imagine my own kids going through this. I’ve been doing this a long time and it can still be hard because there is always another case and another child that deserves to be loved and nurtured in a safe place. All these children will eventually be the adults of our society and hopefully will be able to overcome all the obstacles most kids(thankfully) never had to endure. I am trying to help but I always feel there is more you can do.
This morning our Transitional Youth are learning the value of being a good neighbor and how to be a good roommate. They’ll even receive Easter Baskets! Every month our youth come together to learn a new skill. #easter#thp#fostercare#parentsbychoice
Laycee Weier, a Treehouse Educational Advocate, recently had the honor of speaking at the Washington State FCCLA Leadership Conference. One of our Spokane Graduation Success students attended the conference, where he had extensive leadership training.
Thank you Soroptimist International of Tahoe Sierra for your generous donation! We wouldn’t be able to do what we do without amazing, caring people like you. Thank you for understanding that these are all OUR kids, and we all need to support them. *
Thank you as well for your warm welcome in letting me share what we do, and for your very thoughtful questions afterwards.
To everyone else; if you are in Tahoe, or would like to visit, #SoroptimistInternationalOfTahoeSierra is having a fundraising event on April 21. The Money they raise is the money that goes back into the community. *
Our imperfect home, full of imperfect people is back “open” again. After our adoption and move we paused our foster care license to catch up with life, but we’re open once more. ✨
Open to welcome a little someone into our home and hearts, for however long he or she might need us. Open to risk. Open to feel all the messy feels. Open to love big. 💛
Need of the Week: Prayers for Healing and Understanding⠀
Foster care is an emotionally difficult and draining experience. Children are confused and hurting. Biological parents feel lost. Foster parents feel helpless. DFCS employees are drained. The journey through foster care is tiring, lonely, and doesn't always make sense.⠀
Pray that people involved in the foster care system are shown love. Pray that they are granted understanding of the situation they are in and how to make the best of it. Pray that emotional wounds are healed.⠀
In a previous life, this was me—sitting at a coffee shop with a displaced child trying to make it all seem less scary and more normal while we waited for placement, court decisions or visitation.
Watching the system fail—in systemically racist ways, in ways that prioritized process over the individual and in ways that punished the poor—broke my heart and my spirit.
But that is an outdated story now.
On the other side of grief are all the memories of “my kids” and the lessons they taught me about courage, resiliency and unbridled hope—about the need for fun and laughter, no matter the situation or circumstances.
The drawings, letters, photos and cards I collected for 15+ years may have been lost in the fire, but sharing space with a child—and giving them your full attention—creates an impression that lasts forever, in my heart anyway.
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More than 8,000 kids are living in Oregon’s foster care system. This morning, these children woke up in a bed that is not theirs, they are living without their parents, their siblings, their family pet, their teachers and friends. They are living in limbo, unsure about their future. It is our mission to make sure every kid in foster care grows up in a family. #ItsAllAboutFamily
This is a normal night at our house-the littles all love to cuddle and be together. It is crazy for me to imagine that they won’t always be together and won’t always be here with us especially the girls who have been sisters for over a year now. We just got the notice for the next hearing for one of our littles and it always makes me hold my breath until we find out what the plan is now. (Even though the “plan” can change on a moments notice) #fostercare#fosterlove#ittakesavillage
So this year has been a little crazy so far! We started the year with 1, 2 and 8 year old foster loves and got this sweet little 2 week old in the first week of January. The night we got him one of our other foster loves threw up in his diaper bag and it ended up being the flu. That started the chain of sickness from flu to strep to the stomach bug to pink eye that ran through our house! I don’t know how people do it that don’t have family around! We could not make it through this crazy life without our extended family and friends that are like family and especially my awesome Mama! We can not thank everyone enough that has come along side of us to help with the craziness!
We have had a lot of ups and downs with our foster care journey! God has definitely been training me to just rely on Him and know that He has the best plan possible for these little loves that we get to have in our family for however long He plans! (I still would like to be in on the plan but I am learning to just trust that God is good!) Please keep these little ones (and my awesome big kids that have been so much help!) in your prayers! 🙏🏻❤️ #fostercare#fosterlove#ittakesavillage