Archive: June 25, 2021

Forever Family Friday week 35 – Jhael

Hey everyone! Listen before I jump into my post today I just want to make sure I say thank you to you guys. Thank you for asking great questions. Thank you for all the inquires on our kids the past couple of weeks. Thank you for caring and thank you for journeying along with me each Friday. Please know that if we keep making the effort that so many good things are going to happen. We are seeing results and we are inspired and encouraged by so many of you. And you know what… I really think summer is such a great time to start or check out foster care…whether it’s parenting or to volunteer. When a child goes to a new home, he/she has to adjust to a new family and so much more. And usually that means a new school too. If school is out for summer that eliminates a major adjustment and the focus can be more about family and making connections. This time of year is a little more relaxed and we tend to do more family things from vacations to back yard activities to playing games together. Summer is the perfect time to make many sweet memories with foster kids and really break down barriers. So what a perfect time for you to consider getting involved and being a difference maker!

PLEASE DM me, email [email protected] or contact Rebecca at the email below for help or questions. We hopefully can point you in the right direction. The first step is to get your home study done locally. Check out the resources page on my website for even more info. https://www.leighannetuohy.com/forever-family-friday/. Remember…Summertime is an IDEAL time to add to your family!

Please meet Jhael who would love to be adopted this summer! He is 10 and lives in Georgia. He is fun, loving and sometimes quiet. He enjoys riding his bike and scooter, and playing soccer. He is good at football too and says he wants to be a basketball player when he grows up. Jhael enjoys school and learning new things, especially about math! He would love to be a part of an outgoing and adventurous family who is nice, kind and generous. He describes himself as nice, gentle, kind and giving. For more information on Jhael please email Rebecca at [email protected]

Please click here for Jhael’s video ❤️

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Forever Family Friday week 34 – Neveah

Happy Father’s Day weekend everyone. As we gear up to honor those that have played such important roles in the lives of so many…I’d like to say thank you. The Bible speaks of God as a defender of the defenseless and a father to the fatherless. Thank you to those that put the heart of God on display everyday as you stand up for those that are without and fatherless and unloved. Thank you for showing so many a picture of what real love looks like. I then have to stop and ask myself how many kids in foster care never experience that love. I’m guessing that most of them would give anything for a forever father to celebrate with this weekend? 420,000 plus children. That’s a big number of kids that are not out today searching for or making the perfect gift for dad right now. They won’t be grilling with their dad or playing catch. It will just be another day instead a day of reflection and adoration. It is my hope they do have a special man in their life that they can be grateful for: a foster dad, a teacher, a coach. Someone that has impacted and influenced their life. And listen…Thank you to all of you guys that have been a loving example of our Heavenly Father. If you know someone that you think would be a wonderful foster father please share this information about our #ForeverFamilyFriday post with them. You never know what someone is thinking until you ask! Here’s the perfect reason to ask the question and her name is Neveah.

Neveah is 12 years old and she is from Idaho. She is spunky, fun, helpful and caring and is always open to learning and trying new things. She has a silly, goofy personality and is so much fun to spend time with! She loves swings, playing in the leaves, riding her bike and going on picnics. Neveah is looking forward to playing soccer, basketball and volleyball someday. When indoors, she can be found doing crafts, reading, watching Frozen or playing a game of Monopoly or checkers. If she could visit anyplace on Earth, she would choose Hawaii to explore the beach and swim with the dolphins. Neveah really enjoys going to church.

In her own beautiful words, Neveah shared with us what she hopes to find in her Forever Family, “A loving family with both a mom and a dad, with or without siblings is ok. I hope they have a yard, and a farm would be even better! I want parents who are nice and who will help me do my homework and learn to cook. I would like to ride bikes or horses together, go camping and fishing and go swinging together at the park. Oh…and I’d love to have a bunkbed.” We are confident that there is a family meant for Neveah out there who can meet every single one of her wishes. If you think that you are the right family for this sweet and resilient girl, please contact Melissa asap at [email protected] Continue to be on board with us and help Neveah to have a parent to celebrate!

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Forever Family Friday week 33 – Roneisha and Ariana

Have you ever considered foster care or even Looked into it? If you have the heart for foster care or have any interest at all in it please don’t let fear stand in the way. The fact that you’re still here reading my #ForeverFamilyFriday posts tells me you have a heart to make a difference and I’m so grateful for that and for you! Many of you may be nervous about embarking on the foster care journey because there are so many unknowns. Listen…if you have biological kids that journey has many unknowns as well! Shoot Collins our first born did not come with an instruction manual and we definitely could have used one! Foster parents have many resources available to them. There are support groups and training classes and amazing people that are qualified to help if needed! People say there are hoops to jump through and lots of red tape when fostering but I had to do all of that with biological kids as well. Heck the forms at the doctors visits and the school forms are endless. Without a forever family one in five of these kids in foster care will become homeless after the age of 18! Please help us prevent these beautiful sisters from becoming homeless. They are certainly worth the effort and the hoops and the red tape, and a Forever Family!

Please meet Roneisha and Ariana from South Carolina. They are 15 and 16. Such a special age in the lives of girls. I am so happy they have each other, but how wonderful could it be if they had parents too. A forever family. They both have creative styling skills and are interested in becoming cosmetologists. However, Roneisha is also considering a career in pediatrics. She says she likes to explore new things and enjoys math. Ariana describes herself as helpful, smart and nice. She enjoys walking and spending time outdoors. Ariana’s favorite subject is science and her favorite singer is Beyoncé. The siblings hope to find a loving forever home. Can that home be yours? For more information please contact the South Carolina Heart Gallery at 803-734-2595 or [email protected] Photographer Liz Odom

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Forever Family Friday week 32 – Dylan

The first week of June! School is out and people are shifting mindsets of routine and structure, to fun and relaxation. Family vacations. Days spent maybe at the beach, lake, park. Trips to the grandparents house and maybe even the library for summer reading. Popsicles from the ice-cream man. Picnics in the backyard. Sleepovers at friends’ homes. These are things of summer. If you are a foster child, I’m wondering how much you have to look forward to during this season? Is it really any different? Hopefully the foster parents are trying to make summer memories, but mostly my guess would be they are doing their best to handle one day at a time with basics of food, clothing and shelter. These next few weeks, look around you, do you have space for one more kid making a s’more around the bonfire? Do you have one more pair of goggles for a kid to use in the pool? Summer is a time to refuel and recharge, it’s also a great time time to plug in and help give someone a chance.

Please meet Dylan. He is 8 years old and from Oklahoma. He has a knockout smile and a fun personality! He likes to be known as Silly Dilly and he lives up to that name. He is a funny typical 8-year-old boy who loves to play. He enjoys making up jokes and he shares them with anyone he comes in contact with. His favorite subject in school is gym class because he gets to play and do races. He likes running and jumping. His next best subject is Art because he likes to draw. One day he would like to be a painter in Paris! He wants to paint the Eiffel tower! But what he would really like is to have his very own family. What a blessing he would be. For more information please contact [email protected] or 405-650-8947. Photo courtesy of Don Kreutzweiser

Click here to learn more about Dylan!

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