Last week I had the honor of joining one of our families in court as the judge finalized their adoption of 3 and 5 year old half-siblings.
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Thursday, May 20, 2010
Where Jelani is today, however, is a tribute to the profound difference personal involvement from caring adults can make in the life of a foster youth. Just this week, he graduated from law school. (A quarter of former foster youth who aged out of the system like Jelani have no high school degree, and just 6 percent even acquire a 2-year AA degree). The elements that Jelani believes were key for him are worth noting:
For Freeman, what’s made the difference has been a kind of makeshift family of those who have cared along the way. Some cooked him dinner. Some steered him toward opportunities. One couple paid for a year and a half of his law school tuition. Many gave him the kind of advice a parent might bestow.
Alongside the many smaller involvements, one woman played a particularly significant role as a mentor:
“There were so many things going on, I sort of didn’t care about school,” he says. But that began to change when he met Jackie Booker, a Xerox manager and mother of three who became his mentor in the 11th grade through a community program….After school, he worked in her office at Xerox, and a few times a month they went out: to church, the bowling alley, the mall. They talked a lot by phone….Said Booker: “He needed to know somebody was around who cared. He needed to know I was there and if he had problems, I was going to help him resolve those issues.”
Looking towards his Law School graduation, Jelani concluded about Booker and the many others who opened their lives to him:
“This didn’t magically happen,” he said. “People encouraged me. People supported me….”One person at a time, he has pieced together something akin to family, and as he prepares to cross the stage once more, he says, “that’s more important to me than the degree.”
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
*A Backpack of My Own sign-ups start this weekend (5/15-5/16) at Timberline Church. Sign up to fill a backpack or two as we partner with Foster and Adoptive Families of Larimer County to give backpacks to foster and adoptive families in Larimer County. It was a blessing to see all the participants bringing their filled backpacks last year to help support our cause. It was also a blessing to see the faces of the kids as they came on distribution day to pick out their very own backpack. The kids treasured the personal notes that many participants attached to their backpacks more than words could express.
*We will also be hosting Larimer County, Weld County and Lutheran Family Services to advocate for their need of Foster Families. They will be hosting a table in our mall area before and after each service this weekend. On Sunday evening we will be having an event where people can get more information about how they can step into the life of a child in foster care and make an eternal difference in their life. Beginning at 5:00pm in the Main Sanctuary we will hear from foster parents, foster care alumni, Larimer and Weld County representatives and from Dr. Sharen Ford from Denver county as she shares her heart and passion for each and every child that comes into care in our State. What if families started seeing foster care as a ministry? A ministry that God is putting on their hearts to not only minister to the child coming into care, but into the lives of their families. You could be the answer!!
Please share this information with anyone you know that would be interested in knowing more about this event. :)
Monday, May 10, 2010
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Thursday, May 6, 2010
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
Profile: Outgoing, fun, energetic and likeable are just a few of the adjectives that have been used to describe Kaneesha! With great insight and a splendid sense of humor, she is sure to go far in life with a little help and support. Her plan after school is to go to college and become a lawyer. Kaneesha likes playing sports, especially basketball and football. Listening to music, shopping, and spending time with friends are some of her favorite pastimes. She is moving on up the academic ladder and is in the ninth grade. Kaneesha benefits from counseling, which will need to continue after placement. Kaneesha has relationships with her siblings which she would like to maintain. All family types will be considered by her caseworker. She really wants to be adopted and prefers a family of color if possible. She would do best in an active, attentive, and loving family who has clear expectations. Financial assistance may be available for adoption-related services. This is a LEGAL RISK ADOPTIVE PLACEMENT. In a legal risk placement, it is expected that the family will eventually adopt the child, even though the birth parents' rights have not been fully terminated at the time of placement. For Colorado children, both homestudied and non-homestudied Colorado families are encouraged to inquire; only homestudied families from other states should do so.