Monthly Archives: September 2015

Former Foster Youth Spotlight: Stephanie

My name is Stephanie Cruz. I'm currently a wife and most importantly, a mother to a 2 year old little boy. Before that I was a foster child. I was in foster care 2 times in my 21 years of life. My first go around wasn't a bad experience. I missed my mother and my foster parents cared for me and did their best to help me as a parent should. I was only 8 years old when I was taken from the disruptive life I was living. It was 7 longs months before the court allowed my siblings and I to reunify with our mother. The second time around was a completely different experience. I sought help to leave the place I called home. I’m the one who asked the judge please don't make me go back home. It wasn't my mother who I wanted to run from. It [...]

By | September 18th, 2015|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Former Foster Youth Spotlight: Stephanie

The Street We Call the Child Welfare System

If you saw an infant crawling across a street alone, would you stand there and watch? Would you look the other way? Would you think, not my baby, not my problem?   I doubt it. I think you would sweep in, dodge traffic, and risk your very life to pluck that little one from danger. I think you would be outraged and shocked. I think the image would haunt you and keep you up at night.  It should. Unbelievable as it may be, there are far too many children dying in a street we call the child welfare system. It is a dark and busy well-worn road riddled with broken concrete, shards of glass, and too many sinkholes to count without enough manpower and resources to fix it. Who would want to work on that road anyway? It’s dangerous, traumatic, and exhausting. Lots of good people sign up for the job as caseworkers, [...]

By | September 1st, 2015|Uncategorized|Comments Off on The Street We Call the Child Welfare System