Foster Children are in the spotlight this month as part of the National PTA’s Every Child in Focus. With that in mind, I wanted to take the opportunity to update our local PTA’s in the efforts of The Friends of Wake County Guardian ad Litem Program that cares for foster children and those on the tipping point of homelessness or being declared as abused, neglected or dependent by the courts.
Spend 12 minutes watching the award winning documentary “ReMoved” included above that portrays a child in foster care. It shows the sweet elementary aged girl battered, broken at school on picture day, feeling unseen, unheard and unwanted by her peers. It shows the day the police arrived to arrest her father and her running away from a social worker. She is confused, not knowing what’s going to happen next and feeling like it’s always night time with nightmares. What I like about his movie is the reality it portrays of a foster child moving from home to home – some experience at least 4 moves during their time in foster care. The best part is the end when she realizes that she is lovable and worthy of care.
Feel inspired and want to learn more? Volunteer court-appointed special advocates called Guardians ad Litem are the eyes and ears of the court and for our nonprofit all volunteer board that matches resources and funds for our most vulnerable children. This past year, we've been streamlining our ability to help children and are proud of our achievements.
Here’s a snapshot of 2013 efforts:
We will continue to focus on these main program areas while advocating for foster children to have more educational opportunities with improved outcomes. This means ensuring that a foster child has the opportunity to remain in the school they attended prior to coming into care – even if that means a higher burden on transportation costs when a child moves from foster home to foster home. And when a child does need to transfer school, ensuring that the change is a seamless transition that keeps a child in school instead of missing more time from school while waiting for the paperwork to be processed.
Through our Computers for Kids program, we want to ensure that when the textbooks are available only online, that foster children have the devices and wifi they need to access the resources.
To learn how you can be a part of the Friends of Wake County Guardian ad Litem program, email me or subscribe to our newsletter that is delivered electronically at least once a month. Click here to subscribe.
Join the members of the Kappa Alpha Theta at NC State on April 5 for an event that benefits the Friends of Wake County Guardian ad Litem program. Starting at 5 p.m. , there will be great food from Clyde Cooper’s Barbecue and sounds of NC State Student groups including The Grains of Time, Acappology and The Heritage. Tickets are $7 in advance or $10 at the door. Click here for more information.
We are thankful for the National PTA's Every Child in Focus campaign that strengthens family engagement in schools by celebrating the achievements and reporting the disparities within diverse populations, and sharing resources and advocacy tools to help understand the needs of every child.
With much appreciation for all you do for children,
Volunteer President Friends of Guardian ad Litem Program
Liza is the Faith Filter columnist for the Cary News. Her stories of faith and lives changed by trusting in God are published about four times a year.