Foster Arizona Community Blog

Educating & Empowering Arizona's Families
08
May

Question: What are the biggest needs you see in foster care?

Connections. As simple as it sounds, it is the one thing that has been keeping me awake at night.

Connections between foster parents and other foster parents, birth parents, and resources. Connections between kids in foster care to their siblings, community members, birth families, foster/adoptive parents, and resources. Connections between birth parents to supports and partners willing to advocate and believe healing in their story is possible. Connections in all the stories related to foster care-none of us hold the answers in our own stories alone. It is in the collaborative story that the full picture can be seen. There has to be a place to join forces by pulling all of our experiences together to make connection possible. Below is a link to the video that has recently influenced my thoughts. We will continue to work to build collaboration and connection.

The Danger of a Single Story

Thank you for your great question! If you have questions, send them to #youaskedfa or Kim@fosteraz.com

2 Responses

  1. Leon Earls

    Psychological help for Foster/adoptive parents/families and foster adoptive children/families.
    Many foster children come into foster care very broken due to neglect and/or abuse. This can be
    very difficult to cope with for all members of the foster family. Case managers are ill-equipped to deal
    with these psychological issues. The services to help with psychological behavior issues are hard to get
    and waiting periods are long. Our adoptive son came to us at 2 years of age with server delays and
    violent behavior. He is 5 years old now, and we’ve finally have been able to get him in to see a
    psychiatrist this past year. He should have been seen prior to placement with us.

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