Category: Forever Family Friday

Forever Family Friday week 27 – Nikira and Nacari

Wow! Can you believe today is the last day of April and tomorrow is May 1st. Another month gone. Another season cranking up. May is a month packed with graduations, graduation activities, celebrations, spring sports, and end of the school year activities. Parents are excited and cheering their kids on. They’re celebrating their successes and planning the next leg of their journeys whether it’s getting ready for college or new career. Kids in foster care long for a family to share memorable moments and milestones. They would love to have a warm fuzzy family helping them plan for graduation or trying to figure out which college visits to take or what to wear to a senior celebration. We wish every foster child had a loving parent cheering at their games or snapping pictures as they walked across the stage at graduation. We wish they just had what other kids their age have. We need everyone reading this to continue the course and share, like, repost and discuss! Please! You don’t know how valuable you are to the success of these kids. Let’s cheer them on together. Let’s make sure they know they are loved and valuable!

Please meet Nikira and Nacari from MA. They are 13 & 14 years old. Nikiri is likable and friendly who gets along well with both adults and her peers. Her favorite activities include yoga, cooking, singing, dancing, and painting. She also enjoys going to church and being a part of her Girl Scout troop. When she grows up, she would like to be a teacher. Nikira is on the Autism Spectrum and her teachers describe her as intelligent, talkative, and able to follow directions and form relationships with others.

Nacari describes himself as shy, quiet, likable and well behaved. Others describe him as sweet, smart and loving. His favorite activities include playing basketball & video games. Nacari is on the Autism Spectrum but is quite social and is able to interact with his peers. Nacari does well in class with extra support and loves going to school. They will do best in a loving but strong family that is able to provide the siblings with support and set appropriate limits and boundaries! For more info Emily [email protected]

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Forever Family Friday week 26 – Branden

Today marks HALF of a YEAR of #ForeverFamilyFridays. I just can’t believe that. Twenty six posts! We’ve had numerous kids matched. I posted one this week. We’ve had numerous home studies ordered. We’ve had a ton of questions asked. But what excites me is that in the past few weeks we have picked up momentum! And that’s fantastic. I think more people have heard about the opportunity to make a difference in the life of a foster kid. More people are sharing these kids each week. This is what we have been praying for.

THANK YOU! THANK YOU! Ok guys…it’s half time. We don’t need to take a timeout…we just need to take a deep breath, grab a drink and hit it hard again. No time for rest! We have the second half of the game to play and we need to go into the third quarter STRONG! You guys are my starters! I need you focused and game ready. Who is with me? These kids need us! Branden needs us!

Branden is 13 and lives in Oklahoma. He is a typical boy who has lots of questions and adventures. He loves books, especially about dinosaurs. He does have his favorite dinosaurs and can tell you so much about them. He says he is a gamer and likes Mario Maker. Branden enjoys school, especially math and science. His favorite movies are Jurassic World and Spider Man. He loves animals and would love his forever home to have some.

Please get in the game with us. Please help connect Branden with his forever family! We need you! For more info contact Becky at [email protected] or (405) 650-8947. Photo courtesy of Don Kreutzweiser

Please click here to view Branden’s video https://vimeo.com/498122014

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Forever Family Friday week 25 – Leanne

A year ago we had so much confusion and so many questions in our world. Events were all being cancelled. Travel came to a halt. We were all trying to figure out where to purchase masks. We were fervently praying for those that were sick and those that had lost loved ones to this awful virus. Now…Fast forward 12 months, thankfully we are climbing out of the chaos. A little bit each day. Slowly and cautiously we are resuming normalcy. But here is my question to you: while you were worried and concerned about your family, who was worried and concerned about children in foster care? We know their foster parents try to love and support the best they can. Social workers and CASA volunteers try as well. But at the end of the day, they are not their mom or dad. They are not their forever family. That’s the void we are hoping to fill. And I’m sooo happy to tell you we had numerous inquiries on King this week. Several home studies were set up. Guys…THIS CAN WORK!!! PLEASE help us find families each Friday. Please!!! Today is a great day to start! Help us find a family for Leanne (great name by the way!)

Leanne is 17 and from Idaho. She is a kind, generous, outgoing and loves animals. One day she hopes to either become a Veterinarian or join the Air Force. She describes her best traits as her ability to easily make friends with just about anyone, and the way that she always tries to help out others. She loves to go fishing, swimming and camping. In addition she enjoys drawing, playing video games, board games and listening to Taylor Swift. Leanne can make scrambled eggs and wants to become even better at cooking for herself and her new family. She is a person who sees joy and excitement in even the smallest of things.

For more information please visit idahowednesdayschild.org or contact Melissa at [email protected]

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Forever Family Friday week 24 – King

Happy Friday! I’m just curious, inquiring minds want to know…Did anyone wake up this morning and think “It’s Friday, I need to see what I can do to help the child Leigh Anne posted today?” I’m thinking no one did, not even the people in my own family. And that’s ok. I get it. We are all slammed BUT, that’s the life of a foster child. They are not anyone’s priority and are typically an after-thought, an item to be checked off a list. Many of you land here on my social media for a variety of things. Some for inspiration & encouragement. Some for interior design nuggets or our Disney adventures & travel. And a few hang out for life with Megaphone Man. I love all of that and your comments about my family and the crazy life we lead. However, what tears at my heart is the decrease in comments and likes on #ForeverFamilyFriday posts. These children should get the most attention! They should be a priority! There are some beautiful souls like @rob_scheer that are faithful about sharing and I thank you so very much! Thank you ALL for journeying along with me but I am pleading with you to take just literally two minutes every Friday to read about the kid that needs a family. I’m asking that you rally around, that you hang with me, that you like, share and comment on the 52 Fridays we share children in need of their forever family. Let’s start today! Let’s start with King! Let’s give him a reason to keep smiling and keep believing!

King is 9 years old from California. He is a charming and outgoing boy who’s always up for a new adventure or activity! Whether he is indoors or outside, King loves being busy and at the center of attention. King enjoys playing kickball, riding his bike, playing on his tablet, and using his hands to build things with Play-Dough or Legos. King is meeting his educational milestones in the classroom and is described as bright, inquisitive and open to learning new things. He loves recess and playing with his friends.

If staying active and having good times are among the things that are important with your family, King may be the perfect fit! Contact Yesenia at [email protected] 213-257-7007 📷 Philicia Edelman

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Forever Family Friday week 23 – Aayalliah

As I was looking over so many beautiful faces this week of foster kids to post and thinking of what to say to you that might give you reason to pause and stop…just for a minute. I wondered if there was a correlation between Easter and foster care that I could share with you. There are 420,000 plus kids in the foster care system because of no fault of their own. They are not able to experience life abundantly. Basic things are hard for them. Milestones are missed. Experiences are not shared. But think about it just for a minute…Easter is a comeback story! It reminds us that God can offer new life when all seems hopeless. There is hope for these foster kids as well. My prayer is that each child has the opportunity to hear about Jesus and the life He has for them…for them to know there is hope. Their stories are not over! We need you to be a part of their journey. We need you to talk about them and share their names with others. That is MY Easter prayer and wish!

Please Meet Aayalliah! She is 14 and from Mississippi. She describes herself as pretty, smart, funny, and talkative. She enjoys riding her bike, coloring and playing with dogs. She would like to be a veterinarian and learn more about dogs. When she grows up she would like to join the Army because she is strong and thinks the structure and discipline of the Army would be good for her. Germany in the wintertime is her dream destination because she likes snow and cold weather. Aayalliah said family means to her “a home you stay in for good…..they don’t take things from you…where there is joy and peace.” She wants to be part of a family with a “positive vibe” who all enjoy being with one another.

I know many of you would fit the description of “positive vibe” with all our interactions here on instagram! Will you help be part of the solution? Do you know someone who can help Aayalliah rewrite her story? Please call 601-359-4133 or email [email protected] Photography by: Charlie Lum

Watch this video and see how she lights up from the inside out!

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Forever Family Friday week 22 – Angelo

Do I need to be married? Do I need to own my own home? Do I need to complete a certain level of education? Do I need to be a certain age, or have a certain income level? These are questions we hear over and over and the answers are: no, no, no and no! What DO you need? You just simply need to LOVE. You need to have an open heart and an open home. You need to be willing to take a little time and seek support for a specific need that your child might have. You need to be willing to parent. You need to fight for your child. This is about the care of a human being that will look to you for love, guidance and direction. I’ll say it again (and again and again) every kid is one loving adult away from being a success story! The resources are abundant to answer most of your questions, and if you have more, DM me! DM our foundation (@MIHFoundation). I can’t promise we will have the answers but we can point you in the right direction.

Please meet Angelo. He needs love. He needs and open heart and an open home. He needs someone to champion for him and seek out the best for him. Can that be you? Can it be your neighbor or your relative? Angelo is sweet, lovable and 9 years old from Florida. He is content with quite time, playing on his tablet or reading a book, especially in a cozy corner in his room. He loves to play outside and has an interest in cars. Although Angelo is not able to communicate verbally, he does understand everything around him and is able to communicate in other ways. He is happy to express himself by pointing to specific things he wants and he can let his dislikes be known as well.

The perfect family for Angelo is one who is patient, nurturing and willing to take the necessary steps to learn how to meet his needs and advocate for him and care for him while celebrating his accomplishments along the way. Can that be you? Could your life be the one that gets to be blessed with his sweet self? For more information please contact @HeartGalleryTPA 813-314-2021Kismis Ink Photography

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Forever Family Friday week 21 – Tayiana

We are already half way through March, I am trying to wrap my head around that! I feel like I was just vacuuming the confetti off the floor from New Year’s Eve and now I’m pulling out my Easter bunnies. It is a reminder that time stops for no one. That is why when you are a teenager in foster care you feel a deeper sense of urgency to find your forever family, you feel the minimal security you do have slipping away. A mild panic hits many of them. Will they ever be a part of a family? Will they have Christmases and birthdays with people who care about them the rest of their lives? In the majority of states the day you turn 18 you are forced to leave your foster home. You go to sleep one night in a bed in the safety of a foster family, and the next day you’re expected to figure it out on your own. Some literally get kicked to the curb. Which results in this next statistic – 1 in 5 foster kids who age out of the system are homeless. Please continue to journey with us to stop this craziness!

Please meet Tayiana! She is 14 years old and from Georgia. She describes a family as loving, caring and understanding. Family is support. “Tay” enjoys watching TV and she enjoys cooking! She can make pasta for dinner and french fries are her favorite! Something that interests her is watching people do their makeup. One day she would like to be a makeup artist and describes it like a canvas on your face. Or a hairstylist! At school, where she earns good grades and gets along well with the other kids, Tayiana enjoys learning about math and bonding with her friends.

Tayiana is a determined person and can be focused at times. When she wants something she goes for it! I like that! With her forever family she would like to go on summer vacations, travel and spend quality family time. We all deserve our place to belong… our home… our family. We all deserve people support us and love and care for us. Can you be that family for Tayiana? For more information please email Rebecca at [email protected]
https://americaskidsbelong.org/project/tayiana/

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Forever Family Friday week 20 – Gavan

Let’s talk about the process. This is week 20 of #ForeverFamilyFriday and each week we share statistics, info and stories. We share resources and websites. But what do you actually do with that info? It is my hope that you dig in. That you want to learn more. That you call, email, click. That you share and repost. That you tag people who may be a suitable family. That you talk about these children at the dinner table. Perhaps even with your own children.

When inquiring about a child, they will want to know if your home study is completed, and if you are currently licensed to foster/adopt in the state where you live. Each state is different so we cannot give you a simple one step answer, unfortunately. Your local agencies will be the best place to start. Click the link in my bio for a starting point and more resources at LeighAnneTuohy.com.

Please meet Gavan! He is 15 years old and from Mississippi. This sports-loving young man is looking for a forever family. Children should NOT be looking for their family. Their family should be looking for THEM! This breaks my heart! Gavan describes himself as active and nice. He says he does well in math and enjoys playing games and playing sports. One day he would like to be a professional football player. He would like a family who treats him well and has children around his age. He thinks life with a family would help him deal more positively with life’s challenges. Don’t we all need people closest to us to deal with life’s challenges? This past year has taught me that for sure! Please contact [email protected] or call 601-359-4133. Photography: Charlie Lum Photography

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Forever Family Friday week 19 – Kasumy

If you are a teacher, a youth leader, or a parent of young children, you know this is Read Across America week. Schools and classrooms are celebrating their favorite books and book characters while encouraging the love for reading. There are book fairs and book contests. Such a fun week! I remember it so well…My dad would let my brother and me each buy a new book. It was awesome. But…there’s always a but…what you may not know, is that children in foster care preform lower in reading proficiency than their peers. Actually, nearly half of all foster children are considered below average in reading levels. HALF! On our journey we encounter this on a regular basis. Listen guys…foster children are just trying to survive. They are just trying to get through the day. Making sure their homework is done or putting on a little extra time in on reading is usually not a priority. It is not at the top of their list, or the foster parent’s list. You just can’t imagine the kids we encounter that are 18 and older and read below a 3rd grade reading level. It’s heartbreaking. We need to get all 425,000 plus kids in a family so they can grow and thrive in not only reading but all areas! Please meet Kasumy. She is 12 years old and lives in Arizona.

Kasumy describes herself as quiet and happy, and as someone who is open to trying new things. She expresses her creativity by beading, painting and doing crafts. She appreciates being included in activities and will gladly help with gardening or cooking and loves to bake banana bread. Her favorite subjects are P.E., art and computer class and she would be thrilled if her new family could teach her Spanish. I love that ambition!

Parenting that is straight-forward with strong rules and redirection will be best for Kasumy. She thrives when she receives attention, so her team is looking for a family with no other children or a family with children who are much older than her. Can you be that family for her? Can you teach her Spanish? Can you help her love to read? If you are interested please contact Heather at [email protected]

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Forever Family Friday week 18 – Jarkies and Marquel

We are not put on this earth for ourselves but are placed here for each other! That statement rings especially true when we think about our siblings. Over 50% of children in foster care have one or more siblings in the system as well. That means statistically 9 of the 18 children we have posted to date has a brother or sister we do not even know about. Super sad! Typically a sibling group is first placed in temporary care. After a few days of being unsettled they are moved again to a long-term placement location. It’s a lot for me to process …much less the kids trying to process it! Sometimes foster parents find it too taxing to take several children so they elect to pick just one. And so the journey begins of siblings being ripped apart. More times than not these siblings have been each other’s security blanket and support system. The only little piece of familiarity and comfort that they know abruptly comes to an end. The siblings are now sad and confused, as to why they can’t be together. And we can’t understand why they are upset. I totally understand! I understand why they lash out and display anything and everything from depression to aggressive behavior. This is a common scenario and one that I would love to not see happen here with these siblings. Please allow me to introduce you to two pretty amazing kids… Jarkies and Marquel! Two sweet brothers ages 10 and 7 from California. Please please help us keep them together!

Jarkies is happy and outgoing. He has a good relationship with peers and is well liked at school. He loves art and can spend a good amount of time just drawing what he envisions in his mind. He also enjoys writing, building with Legos and playing video games. In school he is doing well and his favorite subject is math. Marquel is playful and energetic. He loves to have fun and enjoys spending time with his friends. Swimming, riding his bike and playing video games are favorites. He also likes coloring, drawing and building with Legos. Like his brother, he likes to keep his room tidy. These guys deserve to not only have a family but they deserve to have each other! 

 For more info Please contact Yesenia Garcia at 213-257-7007, [email protected] Photo by I Belong Project

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