Archive: July 21, 2023

Forever Family Friday – Peyton

Happy #ForeverFamilyFriday Y’all! While it has been an extremely busy week for Team Tuohy prepping and preparing for our clear the lists for our teachers I do not want to ever miss an opportunity to talk about a kid in foster care that needs our help. So let’s shift gears for just a minute and talk about helping in another way. Did you know that helping others can actually help you? I’m serious. It makes you feel useful and brings you a sense that you’ve made a real difference. It brings you true joy and happiness. It’s like giving and helping others changes your brain chemistry for the better. This “InstaVillage” of ours that we are a part of may not be able to change this crazy world but we might be able to change the world for a few amazing humans. Let me introduce you to one of those humans!

Please meet Peyton! She is 14 years old and lives in Florida. You may remember her sister Haley we shared in December. We just learned they BOTH need forever families! How sweet it would be if these 2 girls could be adopted together! Peyton is extremely outgoing, loves to talk and meet new people and is quite entertaining (I have heard that description before!) She loves math and science and says her friends would describe her as friendly.

Peyton will continue to blossom and thrive in a family who can provide the perfect balance of love, nurture, structure, discipline and consistency. She has been in foster care for 9 ½ years. That’s CRAZY! The hardest part Peyton says is getting to know people and going house to house. To her family means love, support and caring about children. Let’s see if we can’t change the world for Peyton and bring her some consistence and stability.

For more information on Peyton please contact Heart Gallery of Tampa at 813-390-5345 or DM us! Thank you!❤️

Photographer: Alicia Johnson Photography

Forever Family Friday – Russell

Happy #ForeverFamilyFriday y’all. So here’s a question for you…How many of you have googled foster care, adoption from foster care, or any related subject? Have you read as much as you could find about it…wherever you could find information about it? I guess if the answer to that is yes then I’m talking to you. I was in that same spot years ago. I read everything I could find over and over again. I bought books and asked questions but I have learned on this journey that experience teaches you more than anything. Nothing you read or hear about really prepares you for our flawed system. I found out so much by doing. I found that the village you create around you for help and assistance is critical. I also think that family fit matters. How much additional load and responsibility can your family take on? Looking at all these factors and others can determine if you and your family are ready for the next step or are you the family that might could assist and be part of the village for a new foster family? We all can play a role…it’s just a matter of finding your spot. And I’d like to say one more thing…shocker…Don’t get so caught up in “the difficult and the challenge” that you lose sight of the fun and warm fuzzy moments. Remember, every cloud has a silver lining! Let me introduce you to a young man, that you definitely want to be a part of his village!

Please meet Russell! He is 13, lives in Arizona, and is a joy to be around.  He enjoys meeting and being around people by just spending time, whether it be a good show, playing games, eating a meal or exploring outside. Russell is open to new experiences, has a great smile and can make you laugh. He loves going to school to not only learn but to be around his friends. In the future he wants to become a SWAT leader.

Russell’s ideal family is one that would shower him with love and is adventurous but also laid back. I KNOW this describes many of you! And many people you know! Please share. Please talk about and pray for Russell. And all the kids we post and those in need of their forever family. They need us. Thank you! ❤️

For more information please contact [email protected].