Archive: January 28, 2022

Forever Family Friday – Maribel

Here’s a NOT so fun fact about “our” foster care system that many of you know but some don’t. And I say our system because it’s not “their” or “my” or “your” foster care system. The problem belongs to “ALL” of us whether we believe it or not. At age 18 the kids in the foster care system just “age out.” The end of their journey in the foster care system. Do we have organizations in place that try to help kids in this situation? Yes! Organization like @ComfortCases are doing a tremendous job. Is it enough? No! Have a few places made arrangements to try to assist kids until they’re 21? A few, but not near enough. 20% of the children who were in the foster care system at some point instantly are homeless. That means one in five kids who are currently “in the system” will be on their own with no family at age 18. One in five! Boom – on their own overnight! Happy 18th Birthday, here are your things in a black garbage bag, best wishes and don’t call us, we’ll call you. Our family has dealt with this situation so many times it would make your head spin and never gets any easier. We think they have the ability to figure it all out and make major life decisions: find a place to live, have food for 3 meals a day, get a job, transportation, open a bank account (which you need an address to do) etc. We’re kidding each other if we think that’s going to happen. My heart aches for kids without a mom or dad, but especially this age group. I think that’s why I’ve been so passionate about older kids in foster care. I know when they are offered hope and opportunity it can change their life. Please allow me to introduce Maribel. She has 4 more years and she then will be included in the statistics and situations that we have just discussed. Her urgency is real!

Maribel is 14 and lives in Florida. She is a little more reserved when you first meet her. She can be shy, but once she opens up, she is one of the sweetest, most caring children you will ever meet. She is smart, does well in school and is described by her friends as funny and nice. Maribel is someone who will always bring a smile to your face and is easy to be around. She wants to be part of a family setting and is very anxious to find her Forever Family. She is strong, resilient and doesn’t let her past define her or hold her back from accomplishing her goals. She has a lot of love to give and wants to share that with parents. And future pets! Let’s help find this young lady a home and ensure that she does not become a statistic.❤For more information please contact Heart Gallery of Tampa at 813-314-2021

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Forever Family Friday – Jabari

This was an exciting week for Team Tuohy… we learned that one of the children we featured has been matched with her forever family! It’s just positive affirmation that together we can continue to make a difference. It’s multiple exclamation points at the end of the sentence. We are so thrilled and so excited for her!!! I felt three was a good number! And I can imagine in her mind she is now breathing a small sigh of relief that some of her anxiety and uncertainty will be coming to an end. So while we say a prayer of gratitude and take a moment to celebrate, today is Friday and we have to focus on yet another beautiful face wishing for a mom and dad….wishing for a forever family. I know, it’s a roller coaster of emotions. We find a family for one child and oh crap …she’s posting another child. But you guys are so important to this process, to this work we are doing. PLEASE continue. One step forward and two steps back. Hang with me. Please do not give up! And here’s one reason not to quit on me now! 

Please meet Jabari. He is 13 and lives in Alabama. Jabari is loving, kind and always has a huge smile on his face. He enjoys playing outside sports and video games. Science is his favorite subject and he enjoys school overall. Pizza and chicken wings are his favorite foods, although he will eat just about everything! His wish for a forever family is one that is nice and helpful. That is NOT a tall list! If you can be that special family for Jabari, or know someone who can, please reach out to Robin at [email protected]

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Forever Family Friday – Tasia

*Update* Tasia has been MATCHED with her #ForeverFamily!

“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is ‘What are you doing for others?’” As we approach this upcoming remembrance day for Dr. King so many things go through my head. But one in particular stands out and that is, what are we doing for others? What are you doing for others? Am I doing enough for others? Volunteering, serving, giving, tutoring, mentoring, encouraging, uplifting…are you doing these things? Are we doing these things for the hundreds of thousands of children that do not have a forever family? I’m going to keep on banging the drum for the kids with no one to champion for them. This Monday is so much more than a day off from work. It is a day to SERVE! I ask you – to serve the foster and adoptive families you may know. If your time is limited, go online and make a donation. And even better, contact the agencies we have listed and inquire about the children we are posting. Ask what you can do for them to help. Our world is a better place when we serve others. There is no better time than right now to jump in and be a difference maker and that can start with you sharing Tasia!

Tasia is 15 years old and lives in South Carolina. She describes herself as having great potential, a great personality and smart. LOVE THAT! She is interested in becoming a doctor when she grows up. In the meantime she is perfecting her math skills (her favorite subject) and her basketball skills as she is a member of her school’s basketball team! Some of her favorite foods are macaroni and cheese, pumpkin pie, red rice and chicken. Tasia seeks family members who are pet friendly, enjoy spending time outdoors and who like traveling. For more information on Tasia please contact Shannon at (843) 519-0097 or [email protected]. Photo by Jeni Zapor

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Forever Family Friday – Alysa and Issak

Is it too late to say Happy New Year? We are 7 days into 2022 so hopefully it’s ok. We all know that with a new year comes fresh starts, clean slates, new beginnings and cheers to hope, health, happiness and answered prayers! I know many of you made resolutions and I hope you keep each of them. BUT, if you want to make a resolution that is gratifying and a difference maker in the life of a child consider being a foster parent or adopting a child out of foster care or helping someone with an adoption. My resolution is to work harder in 2022 to find forever families for the kids we post each week. To be able to see these kids have a lifetime of birthdays and celebrations. Of security, support, carpools, slumber parties, school events and good night hugs. Please continue to journey with us and hopefully we can make that happen, one child at a time, one Forever Family Friday at a time. Please help us to show people that these kids are in foster care through no fault of their own. They are not damaged goods or delinquents. They are kids that just want a family. They just want to be loved. My prayer is that selfless people who desire to make a difference in this world will take a leap of faith and join us in encouraging others to help us find these forever families. Here are two amazing, deserving and valuable kids that need us.

Please meet Alysa (12) and Isaak (10) from SC! Alysa is an active girl who enjoys being outdoors planting flowers and vegetable gardens. She likes to volunteer in her community and keeping things tidy. We certainly need more of that! She wants a family that will help her continue volunteering but also a family that is flexible, are good listeners and are willing to help her navigate life! Issak is extremely thoughtful, creative and is easy to fall in love with. He is helpful and loves completing tasks and puzzles. Issak enjoys being outside hiking, swimming, exploring. Issak hopes to travel the world some day!

Can you be part of the solution in 2022 for Alysa and Issak? Can you connect them with their forever family? It takes all of us to share, post, comment, like, but mostly pray. Thank you!! Click HERE to see Alysa and Issak’s video. For more info go to https://americaskidsbelong.org/adoption-inquiry-tn/?pass_entry=uzcit or DM us!

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#FreshBeginnings

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