A couple of weeks ago, I attended a training event for Trauma Sensitive Schools. During that training, reference was made to a video on Youtube called “Removed”. This clip has a theme regarding foster care, as well as child abuse/neglect.
This video is not for the fainthearted. It is powerful and speaks to child abuse/neglect as well as foster care. Note that the child carries their belongings in a garbage bag. There are initiatives that will collect suitcases and rolling bags for kids in foster care so that they don’t have to use garbage bags.
The video is very accurate in it’s portrayal. I warn you in advance that it may trigger your emotions. Especially if this video is similar to a life that you led. Typically all of their belongings fit into the one garbage bag.
This is a two part video. I am linking to part 1 today. Will post part 2 tomorrow.
Foster care is not a new topic in the world. Indeed, it has existed in one form or another for as long as there has been a record kept. In some parts of the world, orphanages still exist. A place where a child knows little love, no family and how to have many of their needs ignored. (depending on the location/country)
Our son has been in and out of facilities all of his life. Unlike children in orphanages, he knows we exist. He can see us, talk to us, hug us when he is willing.
Too often children don’t get that. Or they suffer the abusive and/or neglectful rampages of the parents in their lives.
Please don’t be that parent.
Foster homes aren’t bad places. Often they are better than home. But they are transient in nature. Rarely do children stay in one for any significant length of time.
Want to make a difference in the life of a child? Foster one, or adopt one. Heck, even volunteer as a youth mentor.