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
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 […]
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!
(CNN) — “Sesame Street” has introduced a new Muppet with the aim of highlighting the stories and unique love of foster families.
The center of the new initiative is a Muppet named Karli, a yellow-haired friend of Elmo’s who introduces viewers to the concept of “for-now parents.” (Photo Source: Sesame Street) In one video, Karli’s foster mom explains to Elmo that Karli’s mother is “having a hard time” and that they will “keep her safe until her mommy can take care of her again.” Elmo innocently asks when that will be, to which Karli’s foster mom explains they’re not sure. But “what we do know is that Karli belongs here now.” “We want her here with us,” she says. Karli’s appearances contain within them both lessons for foster families — like the importance of stability and a sense of belonging — and explanations for children, told through the eyes of Elmo.
With the initiative and the introduction of Karli, “Sesame Street” continues to prove why it’s been one of television’s greatest teaching tools for more than half a century. May is National Foster Care Month in the United States.
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service’s Children’s Bureau, there are more than 440,000 children and youth in foster care.
The documentary “Foster” features numerous individuals in the foster care system, but the inspiration for the film started with just one child. About 25 years ago, producer Deborah Oppenheimer met a 6-year-old boy named Patrick, while she was volunteering at a public school. “I asked his story and discovered that he had been removed from […]
But before I dig in to the “HOW,” I want to explore the “WHY,” and that requires taking some time to step into your foster child’s shoes (as much as is possible) when they come into your care. As much as you try to be a kind, good foster parent, the bottom line is you are a stranger, and everything about your house and your toys and your food is strange. It’s really important that we foster parents internalize this truth: the experience of coming into your home is yet another traumatic event in this child’s life.