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Forever Family Friday week 39 – Mistee

Today are the opening ceremonies for the Olympics. Go team USA! If you hear someone screaming for team USA…that probably will be me. I love watching the athletes compete. I know they have put a tremendous amount of time in the gym. The effort and dedication these athletes put into each of these sports is crazy. To make an Olympic team is an amazing accomplishment. Yes…these athletes work extremely hard, but we also know that there’s a group of people behind every athlete that have helped them achieve their dreams. There are parents, grandparents, siblings, other relatives and friends, and coaches, trainers, and teachers, and physicians, nutritionists, and on and on and on. These folks are cheering them on, driving them to practices, spending their weekends at competitions, preparing meals, helping them study etc. These folks are constantly building them up and encouraging them. BUT…. here comes the but…for the child in foster care, the opportunities are slim. Their support folks are typically focused on the basics…food, clothing and shelter. Then hopefully education is on the list as a priority. But to add on to that list with extracurricular activities like sports or ballet or music lessons is often unthinkable. I often ask myself who gets left behind? What great athlete, doctor, teacher? They just needed a chance. They need a forever family who can help them find their talents and passions. It is up to us to reach out a hand and help! It’s up to us to open our hearts and our homes. These kids are our responsibility. Can you us find a forever family for Mistee? 

Mistee is 14 and from Idaho. She is energetic, spunky, outgoing, and creative. She appreciates the finer arts of dancing, singing and acting. Though Mistee isn’t currently on a dance team, she would really like to join one. She is very proud to be a part of her school’s drama club and debate team. If Mistee could travel anywhere in the world she would go to Paris and Hollywood. Mistee shared that she really appreciates her current foster mom teaching her how to become a young lady and helping her calm down when things can upset her. She’s a resilient girl yet wants a family that will be understanding of her trauma and extend patience to her every day, and preferably a family that enjoys cake just as much as she does. Do you have a current home study and think that you could provide her with the Forever Home she deserves? For more info please contact Melissa at [email protected] 

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Forever Family Friday week 38 – Evan

Here is a not so fun fact for a Friday. Did you know that the number of children in the foster care system is higher than the number of foster parents? Every single kid in the foster care system did absolutely nothing to get there. It is no fault of theirs and their shoulders were not built to bear the weight of their parent’s choices. However, day in and day out they face consequences due to someone else’s bad decisions. If you feel you have more to give as a parent, if you want to make a positive impact in someone else’s life, if you are someone who has room in your heart and your home to drastically improve the quality of a child’s life… you are what I would call a person that would make an amazing foster parent! These kids need positive, inspiring and uplifting people surrounding them. People who will help them to understand it’s not their fault and that they are worthy and valuable. Is this you? If you think it could be PLEASE call the number on this post. PLEASE go to the resources section on my website. We want you! We need you! The kids need you. Please meet Evan. He needs you!

Evan is 15 years old and lives in Georgia. He is respectful and sweet with a smile that will light up a room. During his photo shoot he worked really hard to keep his button-down wrinkle-free and clean, despite making pizza and painting. Blessie. I love that. He enjoys spending time with others, swimming, playing basketball, listening to music, and playing and watching football. At school his favorite subject is science. Evan enjoys spending time with his friends. He needs a loving adoptive family who will give him the acceptance, attention, support, encouragement, structure and nurturing environment he needs to continue to thrive. Are YOU the perfect family for Evan?

Please contact Rebecca at [email protected] for more info. To see Evan’s video click here

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Forever Family Friday week 37 – Latori

Happy Forever Family Friday Everyone. Hope you all had a good Fourth. Let’s roll up our sleeves and put our thinking caps on and really see if we can make a difference in the life of this 16 year old. She needs us. We need you. Did you know that the foster care system contributes less than 50% of what it costs for the average American family to raise a child from 0 – 17 years of age. So, as a result, kids in the foster system are not prepared, 25% will not complete high school, 70% will be on government assistance within 4 years of aging out. I could go on and on. Bottom line is this is a huge loss of potential as the next great teacher, firefighter, doctor, or lawmaker might be left behind since they have little resources to get them there. They need us! Our economy suffers with loss of great people doing what they were called to do, as well as the cost of the social services. We need to stop the madness. We need kids in forever families. This is not about statistics… it’s about people. 

Let’s help Latori with resources, with investment, with a forever family! She is 16 and lives in Alabama. Latori is described as shy at first but becomes very talkative once she is comfortable. Latori loves animals, sports and being outside. She’s a nature girl and can clear her head when she is outdoors. I agree – walking and being outside is so good for our mind! Some of her favorite sports are volleyball and soccer. She says she enjoys mud riding, hunting, decorating and likes to get dressed up to go somewhere. I love it!  Me too!

For more information on Latori please contact Catherine Teal  [email protected].  Photo by Heart Galley Alabama

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Forever Family Friday week 36 – Bernard

Independence. Freedom. Red, White and Blue. Land of the free because of the Brave. This weekend we celebrate July 4th. In our house we also celebrate SJ’s birthday and he thinks each year fireworks are just for him! (We’ll let him continue to believe that 🤫) But, I want to go deep for a second. Read these words….

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” Whoa. That is from The Declaration of Independence. I had to look up “unalienable rights”. It means something that is impossible to take away or give up. What makes me stop and pause is thinking about children without love or security. Without a forever family. A family should not be something that can be taken away or given up, yet here we are championing for hundreds of thousands of children in need of one. Where is their life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness within the foster care system?

Please meet Bernard. He is 15 years old and lives in Alabama. He is in need of his forever family. Take one look at his smile and you can see kindness and gentleness. He loves music and being outside. He is mostly non verbal but can be very affectionate! He loves smiling and dancing. Can you be that special family for Bernard, or do you know someone who can. He deserves love and security. For more information please contact Tina Lewis at [email protected] Photo: heart Gallery of Alabama

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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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