"Why don't you do something?"
Matthew West took his rambling thoughts that centered on why God wasn't doing something about poverty ... doing something about a world full of trouble... doing something about children being sold into slavery... and put them into a great song indicating that it's time for US to do something.
Check out West's video at the bottom of the post. Before you go, make the time to read some ideas on what is happening in the world to foster youth and help come up with some great word posters. Plans are in the works to transform the word posters into a video of real ideas that help foster children achieve their dreams.
Legislators making a difference
What if more of us were like N.C. Senator Tamara Barringer? She knew foster children who are turning 18 needed a voice and decided it's time for something to be done in N.C. that makes a difference.
Senator Barringer introduced several bills this session that benefit youth. Senate Bill 424 is one that shows the most promise for youth who are aging out of the foster care system. This bill would expand foster care benefits for youth until they are 21 years old, rather than the current 18. About 500 youth age out of foster care in North Carolina each year. Research shows that the youth who don’t have support are more likely to commit crimes, be on public assistance and find themselves homeless.
Legislative Advocacy Teams
I had the honor of representing the Friends of Wake County Guardian ad Litemprogram at the National CASA conference held in New Orleans May 31 to June 2. It was inspiring to be with 1,300 fellow advocates who embraced the conference title, "Bold Strategies, Better Outcomes for Children."
Texas CASA is developing Legislative Advocacy Teams throughout the state to work with Texas CASA and their local CASA programs to develop and promote policy agendas to improve the child welfare system. There are currently 21 LATs in place that are led by volunteer advocates and/or board members and work with staff liaisons in each CASA program to build relationships with legislators, develop policy agendas to improve the child welfare system with Texas CASA, and motivate and empower others in the local CASA program to advocate for those improvements.
Many of the handouts from the conference are now available through National CASA. Here are the top three that included a hyperlink on underlined word for download of documents:
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.