Looking to learn the basics about entering foster care? Have questions? Or want to discuss what it's like with other young people who've been there? You can find that in the blogs listed below.

Prevention

There wasn’t anything that could have prevented me from entering foster care, but there were dozens of services and people that definitely could have made life in foster care a lot easier for my family and I. Some of the major struggles I went through were a result of the foster care system failing my family and I. Things that could have made my foster care experience better would be having social workers who actually did their jobs, truthful honest answers from social workers and the courts, a list of rights for the foster youth and parents, a list of expectations of what social workers are supposed to do etc. Those are just a small portion of things that could have prevented a lot of trauma in my foster care experience. If my kinship relative had emotional support and their own social worker, that would have really helped our case, and maybe, I would still be in contact with them and my extended family. Support services should automatically be given and shouldn't have to be asked for. Read more

Prevention

In my opinion, if I had these preventions I would have had a better experience in the foster care care system. After I entered the foster care system I was treated like I was not normal. Instead of being able to move on from my horrible past experiences, I had to go to couseling classes. All I wanted to do was focus on the positive. I needed support and love from all the adults what were part of my foster care plan. Another negative part of my foster care experience was not being involved in the decision related to my case. Having a better relationship with my case workers would have been an invaluable part of my foster care experience. Read more

Prevention

Starting when I was three years old, DCFS (Department of Children and Family Services) was called on my mom a total of eight times. When I was 14, we were finally offered family therapy, my family therapy never worked because it didn't feel right,... Read more