Archive: January 29, 2021

Forever Family Friday week 14 – Saharra and Jayden

Here are a few not so fun facts for you this Friday. There are currently about 424,000 foster kids nationwide. That’s roughly 1 out of every 184 kids in foster care! That statistic should alarm all of us. AND 20,000 or more of those kids will age out of foster care this year. Of those, 50% will have no source of income and the other 50% will make around $7500 per year. That’s ridiculous and is NOT ok!

However, I am so encouraged by the questions and comments you have been asking! PLEASE keep them coming. I do not pretend to have all the answers because I certainly do not. Please don’t tell Seanie that. However, we can recommend some great resources that hopefully can point you in the right direction. Please visit my website (link in bio) and find sources on the Forever Family Friday page. There is a wealth of info that can help! If you still can’t find what you’re looking for DM me. DM our foundation. Email us. We want you to have the info you need to get the ball rolling!

Foster parents are in even greater demand than normal due to the pandemic. The numbers of kids entering the system are at all time highs. If you have even the smallest thought about adoption or foster care, I say PLEASE GO FOR IT! You will be far more rewarded than the effort you put out. And the effort is SO WORTH IT! The children are SO WORTH IT! You can be a difference maker!

Please let me introduce to you Saharra and Jayden from Oklahoma. THEY are SO WORTH IT! They are 13 and 14 years old and often called the terrific twosome. Saharra is a cheerleader and Jayden plays football and basketball. Both are best at math in school. However there are differences, Saharra likes to longboard and listen to music, Country and Hip Hop. Jayden likes to play video games and watch sports on TV. He prefers Rap and his favorite movie is “Avengers Endgame.” Saharra’s favorite movie is “High School Musical” and her favorite quote is “follow your dreams, they know the way”. Keep dreaming sweet girl! She wants to be a cosmetologist and travel. They are double the blessing to any family. Please contact Becky Hahn [email protected] (405)650-8947.

#adoption

#FamiliesDontHaveToMatch

#fostercare

#love

#MakeADifference

#OpenHeartsOpenHomes

#Siblings

#FamiliesDontHaveToMatch

#TheyAreWORTHit

Forever Family Friday week 13 – Janely

UPDATE! Janely has been MATCHED!

I have always thought that one of the greatest tests in life is how we respond to people that mishandle us. At least it is for me. These kids in foster care have been so mishandled. They are put to the test EVERY SINGLE DAY. Think about it. They have no one to challenge them to do better…to be better. They have no one who is committed to them. They have no one to champion for them. There’s no one to try and make them smile when they are sad or take care of them when they are sick. Being mishandled is an understatement…neglected is a better word! You can turn a deaf ear to this but it’s not going away. We have a role to play here. We have a responsibility. Together we can make a huge difference! We can ensure that these kids go from feeling mishandled to feeling loved, treasured, valuable, needed, included and amazing! We talk about this every Friday. You know the drill. However, this week I’m going to do a little something extra! We’re going to give away some bubble wands to folks that repost and tag me. And between now and Valentines the person that reposts the most…we’re going to send you a dozen @whimsycookieco cookies! Yum! They are the best. So make the effort for the kids and get a little something too! Please repost and share these kids. Please share this beautiful girl from Massachusetts!

Please meet Janely. She is a sweet 13 year old who loves drawing and making people laugh. She is a talented artist with a beautiful personality. She will bring love and happiness to any family! Janely is a little shy, likes reading, sports and math! She says math is hard work but she likes it! Janely does well in school and gets along well with her peers and teachers. Please help us find the forever family that will champion for Janely, who will NOT mishandle her, who will show her she is special and can be anything she wants to be! For more info please contact Emily Goldberger Emily Goldberger [email protected] Click here to view Janely’s video!

Rules – Must share on Instagram or Facebook. Must tag @leighannetuohy and @mihfoundation. Bubble wand and Whimsy Cookie recipients will be selected at random and notified via DM from @MIHFoundation on or before 2/9/2021.

#adoption

#FamiliesDontHaveToMatch

#fostercare

#love

#MakeADifference

#BubbleWand

#Whimsy

Forever Family Friday week 12 – Joshua and Leon

How many of you have a sibling? Raise your hand high so I can see. Siblings are the friends you are born with. They are the ones that are in the journey of life with you for the long run. I have one sibling…a brother, @sroberts5245. We may not always see eye to eye but we are connected at the heart. We share family jokes and joys and grief. Some days I want to kill him and some days I want to hug him to pieces. I think most of you can relate to that. Most siblings have this inherent bond that only gets stronger and deeper with age. But, unfortunately, for 75% of siblings from Foster Care they do not have these memories or these relationships. They do not have the person, or people, who were given to them by God to always be there to protect and support them because they are placed apart from one or more of their siblings. Joshua and Leon are two brothers who have been able to stay together while in the system, but now we need a family to step up and say, “yes” to both of them so they will not be separated. Our prayer is that will be able to continue on the journey together and be there for each other. The boys are 12 and 7 years old and live in Florida.

Joshua has a loving, protective nature, and a strong desire to ensure he and his brother are together and safe. Joshua is unique for his age in that he loves to help others and tends to put most people’s needs before his own. He’s outgoing & loves talking to people and making them laugh. He loves basketball, playing Legos, and going to Adventure Island. Leon is a playful little guy who loves his big brother more than anything. He is a joy to be around and those who know him best all agree he has a natural ability to fill your heart, even without trying. Leon’s favorite thing to do is ride his scooter and he tries extremely hard in completing tasks and doing things on his own.

Joshua and Leon have been through so much in their short lives. They both have a desire to give and receive love and look forward to being in a family setting. Are you able to help? Are you able to make a difference in the lives of these boys? Please contact @HeartGalleryTpa 813-314-2021 📸Samantha Lowe.

#siblings

#brothers

#adoption

#FamiliesDontHaveToMatch

#fostercare

#love

Forever Family Friday week 11 – Owen

Well…It’s been quite the year and we are only 7 days in to 2021. The events from this week have once again halted us in our tracks and have caused me to drop to my knees and pray for our nation, our leaders and for God’s grace. It seems like every other day we are living through an “unprecedented” historical moment. As I sit here writing this with my granddogs nuzzled by me, Sean in the other room shouting responses to a Jeopardy episode, and Collins in the chair beside me typing a blog post faster than I can think, I’m grateful that they are healthy, safe and loved and I’m saddened that I’m trying to think of what to say about another child this Friday.

My heart aches as I think about the 400,000+ children in the US going through these whiplash of events alone. 400,000+ children who don’t have someone reassuring them that their emotions are validated & how to healthily navigate those feelings, who don’t have someone to tuck them in at night & pray with them for a better tomorrow, who don’t have a model of stability during a world that is so evidently unstable. These chilling reminders are what keep my feet on the pavement and focused on the purpose of these posts every single Friday.

Please join me in this fight for them. They are valuable & worthy and deserve a sense of security, of family, of being loved & cherished. Every single thing right now feels like it is out of our control, but remember you are always in control of your reactions to what is happening. Be kind, check on your neighbors, & help me find a loving place for these children.

Please meet Owen & let’s help him not be one of the 400,000+ children going through this world alone anymore! Owen is an energetic, humorous and lively 13 year old from Arizona. He likes to stay active riding his scooter, bike & skateboard and loves swimming and basketball! When indoors Owen enjoys Legos and “Sorry!” Going to church and Sunday school are important to him and he enjoys worship music. His favorite sports teams are the Steelers, Diamondbacks and Golden State Warriors. Please make 2021 THE year for Owen and contact Heather at [email protected] ❤️

#BeAnythingYOUWantToBe

#FamiliesDontHaveToMatch

#Adoption

#FosterCare

#NoUnwantedKids

#JustUnfoundFamilies

Forever Family Friday week 10 – Aariyana

2020 will be remembered for many things from loss, loneliness and fear to kindness, resilience and growth. It was a year that many of us realized that handshakes and hugs should not be taken for granted and are really beautiful acts of human connection. The word unprecedented was used more than ever but I took great comfort in knowing God always is in control and there is hope for the future. Unfortunately for the kids that are posted every Friday, there is little hope. They live each day with disappointments, chaos and limitations. While we are all making resolutions and setting goals for the new year these kids are just longing for hope and love. I pray they have the will to never give up. The fire to keep going. But they need me and you to do accomplish this. We can be the difference makers in their lives. We can help them if we just put forth the effort. It’s not easy but they are worth the effort. Please make helping these kids one of your New Year’s goals. Please allow me to introduce you to Aariyana. This beautiful young lady is 13 years old and from South Carolina. She is already making plans to graduate high school with good grades and attend college! Drawing and art are some of her favorite activities. She also enjoys the outdoors. Her favorite food is buffalo wings. She’s bright and energetic and valuable and deserves a forever family. Let’s start the new year offdone right by Making a Difference! Helping one person might not change the world, but you can change the world for that one! For more info please contact the South Carolina Heart Gallery at 803-734-2595 or [email protected] Photo: Kennedy Exekiel

#ForeverFamilyFriday

#FamiliesDontHaveToMatch

#MakeADifference

#OpenHeartsOpenHomes

#FosterLove

#NoUnwantedKids

#AdoptionRocks

#JustUnfoundFamilies

#Fostercare

#Adoption