Foster Care Month

everybody needs a suitcaseYay!  May is Foster Care month.  Your probably thinking, she must be delerious? Someone please tell her….it’s only March!  I know, I know.  I am not losing it….I’m just planning ahead.  Great things take time.  Planning, planning, planning….isn’t that what they say?  Or was that location, location, location?!  Umm, doesn’t matter.

And, when  you think about it, May isn’t that far away it turns out.  We have about 5 weeks!  Yup, that’s it!  Can you believe it?  Spring is actually going to arrive, and we will roll into summer before we know it.  If you are anything like me you’ll be wondering where did the time go?  Happens to me every year.  I try to plan ahead, remember the 4 kids, but as the school year is winding down, I am always amazed that my kids are a year older, summer is around the corner, and I am contemplating how am I going to keep them busy and amused:) 

See, this is why I am starting early.  Planning.  Preparing.  Getting the word out.  Bugging people (like you here).  Trying to say please  Get invloved! to anyone I know.  I’m thinking about what you and I can do for Foster Care Month – yes- in May!  The reality is that no matter how much time you have, a few minutes, hours, weeks, or more….there is something you can do be it big or small that will have a positive effect on the Foster Care system and/or life of a child in care….check out the change a life menu at the Foster Care change a life website where they give you tons of ideas!

Yup, there are many things you can do.  Just getting the word out about kids in need of caring homes – Kids avaiable for adoption here in the USA. Suggest ideas for drives, clothes, suitcases, baby items, anything really!  It doesn’t have to be about collecting items, it can be about getting the facts out there.  And, you know me, I’d me more than happy to supply you with plenty of those!  I might even make you a list…or if you follow me on twitter, all you have to do is retweet and spread the facts!  See, it can be that simple.

As I mentioned before (but something that stays with me) when a child is in Foster Care and is moved from home to home (which happens more often than we’d like to think) many times they are moving their things in garbage bags!  Can you imagine living out of a garbage bag?  I’ve recently learned (thanks Laurie) that there are a few agencies in some states trying to help change this.  However, not everwhere…that’s where WE come in…getting the word out, setting up the drives, finding active participants, and getting actual donations.  It isn’t always easy, but it is worth it!  Can I count on you to help?!  I hope so.

And, if your anything like me, here is just what you need…a challenge (to add to your already growing to do list).  I propose a challenge for you and/or your kids (you would be surprised at how quickly kids and schools jump on this) to contact your local CPS/DHS office to inquire and about what it is that they/the kids need and can accept….and then set up a drive, make a drop off, and/or volunteer to be the point person to be contacted.  Whatever it is.  Whatever it takes.  YOU can positiviely change the lives of children.  Teach your kids young that they have a voice and can use it to make a difference.  Together we can be the change all over the USA. 

Yes, its that simple.  I hope we can make a BIG difference this year!  Please join me on the journey…and let me know how it goes!  Send me pictures.  And, if you need help, don’t hesitate to let me know how I can help you…BE THE CHANGE.

As always, thanks for stopping by….and helping make a difference in the life of a child.

Its ALL about the kids!

Rita:)

Interested in learning how you can be the change?  Want to hold a drive?  Donate your time?  Services?  How can you be the change?

About Rita Brennan Freay

The journey of a 1000 miles always ends with a dirty diaper. Headmaster of a self inflicted international preschool & visitor center compassionately changing kids lives, one diaper at a time.
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