Holidays should be filled with happiness and joy. Unfortunately, for some young people in foster care, this is not the case. The holidays serve as a reminder of the family and friends they are missing while in foster care. Happiness and joy are sometimes replaced by anxiety and frustration.
This page provides information to help young people through the holidays, including the guides below. Feel free to download and share across your foster care network of friends and family.
FOR SUPPORTIVE ADULTS
Below are stories written by foster youth. They tell the real story of how it is for them over the holiday season. Read to gain perspective of what foster youth are feeling in order to better help them cope through what could be difficult times.
2005 All-Star Lupe Ortiz-Tovar wrote this in her blog, "I don't about you guys out there, but, the holidays make me get this feeling.... I really don't know what it is, but, it is almost like I am missing something." Click to read more...
This story, written by 2005 All-Star Dan Knapp, talks about how he feels about the holidays. Click to read more...
Group of videos of young people sharing what their holiday memories as foster kids were. More on the FosterClubTV YouTube channel.