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‘Now we have a big family.’ National Adoption Day event brings family together in Sacramento – The Sacramento Bee

Suzzanne Goldwire with her family at the William R. Ridgeway Family Relations Courthouse on Saturday, November 23, 2019. Goldwire brought her extended family to welcome two children whose adoption was finalized at the National Adoption Day event. MITCHEL BOBO MBOBO@SACBEE.COM

“I was chosen. They didn’t have to have me, and they kept me and loved me. It’s just important and I appreciate it,”

Nov. 23–For all the questions she had about her adoption, Suzzanne Goldwire knew she also wanted to be part of the answer. Goldwire, who was taking the final steps in a yearlong effort to adopt two children Saturday, said the positive journey she’s made in her life was the reason she wanted to be in […]

‘Now we have a big family.’ National Adoption Day event brings family together in Sacramento [The Sacramento Bee] — Daily Republic

First Star Empowers Foster Youth and Increases College Attendance

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In a nation where 400,000 foster youth deal with constant instability and 50% struggle to even graduate high school, First Star is a bright light of hope that not only models the power of educational intervention, but also encourages more programs to help guide foster youth into adulthood and higher education.

This phenomenal non-profit partners with universities all over the nation to create summer programs that allow their chosen foster youth, “First Star Scholars,” to experience life at college. In addition to this life-changing experience, each month during their four years at high school, First Star Scholars meet with meet with mentors to learn about college readiness resources and general life skills.

First Star sends an impressive 91% of their student scholars to college compared to the 10% of Foster Youth that usually make it into higher education. This year, they celebrate their 20th anniversary in making foster youth’s college dreams a reality.

Perhaps the most exciting news of all is that First Star is going to be local! California Governor Newsom, whose own parents helped out in the foster system, has granted First Star $740,000 to set up an academy at Sacramento State! This specific program is planned for Fall 2019, which is…well, basically now! First Star hopes to expand their academies to other CSU’s and UC’s across California to reach as much foster youth as they can.

I, for one, am so glad that this is where my tax dollars are going. Best of luck to Sacramento State in implementing this program and we will be on the lookout for their progress in the upcoming year!

Learn more about their program at: https://www.firststar.org/

News Source: https://www.foxla.com/news/first-star-makes-college-real-for-kids-in-foster-care

Their Upcoming Event: https://www.firststar.org/how-you-can-help/attend-an-event/

FosterHope Celebrates The Holidays!!

This past weekend our families came together to celebrate during our annual holiday party! Our theme was, “Under the Sea” and it was magical! Santa came to visit while children danced around with gifts in their hands. Plates of warm food filled our bellies, and families enjoyed a stress-free night of fun, laughter, love, joy, and games.

We couldn’t have made this night possible without the support of everyone in our community. FosterHope Sacramento would like to extend a very special THANK YOU to everyone who made this amazing night happen. From sponsors to donors, volunteers and everyone in between, thank you! We are so grateful for all of your support. You truly have made a difference in the hearts and homes of us all.

SMUD Shine Award : FHS

Screen Shot 2019-12-09 at 11.06.11 AM.pngGood evening friends, families and neighbors! If you’ve been to FosterHope Sacramento lately then we are sure that you’ve noticed a lot of changes! Thanks to #SMUD, last week our new lighting around the perimeter of the facility was installed, providing us with more opportunities to extend our visitations throughout the dark winter nights. The sun has been setting around 5:00 PM lately, so it’s an amazing added layer of security and detail that helps to keep us safe! Stop by the front desk and ask about our new lighting project to receive a special treat, we can’t wait to tell you more about how impactful this has been. Thanks, SMUD! #MyNeighborhoodShines

National Adoption Day

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Sunday, November 24, 2019 1:30am

“At 13, Nicole Avellaneda stood before Judge David Kurtz with her family. Friday was National Adoption Day in Snohomish County, and Nicole was there as three little girls in tutus and T-shirts officially became her sisters.”

|“Great to see you again,” said Kurtz, greeting Nicole — who like the rest of her multiracial clan wore a gray T-shirt with the slogan “Families Don’t Have to Match.”

The Avellaneda couple of Arlington, who have two grown children, were adopting the three little sisters they had cared for as foster parents. They were among nearly 20 families who on Friday adopted 28 children in all. —


 

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From Foster Care to Millionaire: A Young Entrepreneur’s Story of Tragedy and Triumph by Cody McLain (Book Review #639) — Review Tales by Jeyran Main

From foster care to millionaire is a self-help book informing the reader about a lifetime of struggle and failures in order for Cody Mclain to become successful and confident. His business is built on the backbones of a man whose life has not been easy yet; he somehow manages to plan against the odds and […]

From Foster Care to Millionaire: A Young Entrepreneur’s Story of Tragedy and Triumph by Cody McLain (Book Review #639) — Review Tales by Jeyran Main

ReBlog: What to do in Sacramento, California – AlexGettingLost

Are you looking for some cool things to do in Sacramento? Don’t worry! Alex has you covered. Check out her blog to see some of the cool tips she has for checking out our City. Visit her blog HERE.

“But, as I discovered, this is a really cool city, with an intriguing history and some awesome up-and-coming areas. Although I had the added bonus of seeing Sacramento like a local, I do solemnly declare that Sacramento is a city worth visiting. And here, my friends, are all the reasons why.” – ALEX