Do you feel the same holiday cheer as previous years? It definitely does not feel the same for me. However I can’t wait for today’s event! My work, Fostering UNITY’s winter wonderland festival of lights. I will be sure to share some picture’s and videos soon.
Christmas music is playing. Christmas decorations are everywhere. The happiest time of the year is here. Is it? Did you have good childhood holiday memories? What was one memory that pops up from childhood when you think about the holidays?
I am beyond words right now with how I feel about the department. I do not understand who I have pissed off to end up here. I know a child removal is not a big deal, especially if they won’t be considerate of our concerns. However, it does not hurt any less.
I pray (even though I’m not religious, I pray to a higher power) that my kiddo will remain strong and grow up to be the wonderful and smart girl I see in her.
I don’t know about you but October flew by and it felt like it almost didn’t happen. Typically it only happens like that when I’m having a good time. I definitely wouldn’t categorize the last month as “good times”.
Anyway, here’s the latest.
It feels like things are finally coming together…slowly. I have to keep reminding myself, no matter the pace of the progress, I have to keep going. Progress is progress. I feel like I’ve armed myself with so much new information in the last month and half, I’m ready to step into my new role. What’s so awesome is that I finally feel like I belong. I feel I am at a place where I can help and assist others with their foster children. Something I’ve yearned to do since I could remember. Doing something meaningful, impactful!
I am a CSP (CARE Service Partner) for Fostering UNITY of Los Angeles County. I now sit in meetings with Directors, Deputy Directors of CDSS (California Department of Social Services). I participated as liaisons between foster families and DCFS. I am here to make a difference!
This is just the beginning of my journey in the fostering field. I can’t wait to help out as many people as I can. I’m here to share my love.
Here serving those who serve our foster children.Continue reading
This week has been crazy already and it’s only Tuesday. Between training for work, assisting my nephew with his virtual learning and make sure my foster kiddo does her stuff on time….I didn’t get to eat lunch until after 3:30p. When I signed up to work for Fostering UNITY, I didn’t know my kiddo would come back to me. Now I almost feel like I bit off more than I can chew. But if other people can do it, so can I!! I’m sure in 2 weeks after trainings are over, I will feel much better.
Regardless of how overwhelming everything seems right now, I am beyond ecstatic to work with this group of amazing people.
If you are or about to become a foster parent in Los Angeles County, please join this group and you will see what I am raving about!
Just a short update.
As I go through these awkward days of COVID19 and grieving for a foster child departing, I continuing to search for my purpose. I really enjoy helping people and I would love to be of use to others. Currently I found an exciting opportunity that I will share in detail once I have complete the entire on boarding process. What I can say is that, I continue to be amazed by all the wonderful resource families out there. And that I drive to help may have found a good place to be of use.
If you know of any resource families that may need help in LA County, please spread the word about CARE line!
There’s always so many different types of awareness going on each month. I think it is a good idea, because it is suppose to help raise awareness of whatever topic that is important. I never knew about Foster Care month prior to being a foster parent. There’s really not much to be taught. Just be aware that there are many children out there that may need help. I also feel it is important for people to know that it really takes a village to raise children, especially not your own. Now I had a “taste” of being a foster parent, I am really in awe of those foster families that only wants to foster to takes in five or eight kids. I have a hard time keeping up with just one, how do they take multiple children year after year and still have a smile on their face? To me, that’ is the pure definitely of altruism. We started all this with a slight (okay maybe not so small) selfish intention of adopting in the future. However with fostering, you never know what the end result is, until….it happens. The true practice of taking it one day at a time with no expectations.
I made a google group for families in the greater Los Angeles area to come together. I am in many other resource groups already, however I wanted to connect with those closer geographically as well to make a deeper connection.
It would be awesome if you can spread the word!