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    Jan. 21, 2022

    Feel Good Friday- Help Celebrate Nico’s Gotcha Day

    Feel Good Friday- Help Celebrate Nico’s Gotcha Day It is Feel Good Friday and there is a lot to be grateful for. Today we ask you to help us celebrate Nico’s Gotcha Day! You may be wondering, what is a “Gotcha Day?” Well, that my friends, depends on who you ask. Many people view it…

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    Dec. 23, 2021

    Holiday Shopping Sprees 2021 Brings Holiday Cheer to 100 Teens in Foster Care

    Holiday Shopping Sprees 2021 Foster Love - Together We Rise is so grateful to be back and hosting our 2021 Holiday Shopping Sprees. The pandemic continues to hold a lot of uncertainty for foster youth and their families. Offering this event helps bring joy to teens, especially since they are able to pick out exactly what they’d like.…

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  • Dec. 16, 2021

    Tips on Introducing a New Placement to Your Friends and Family

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    Dec. 16, 2021

    Tips on Introducing a New Placement to Your Friends and Family

    Many people wonder how to introduce a new placement to the people in their lives, especially those closest to us, friends, and family. I truly believe the best way is to first start by discussing that you are going to begin receiving placements in the first place, and WHY!?? I think many people miss the…

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    Nov. 23, 2021

    What is Attachment Trauma in Foster Care?

    Attachment Trauma in foster care is one of those topics that for some people feels like once you get a family “it should all go away.” Unfortunately, that is unlikely the case especially when you understand how trauma brain works. I am not going to go into all of the specifics of the brain in…

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    Nov. 21, 2021

    Chris Colgan Starts Fundraiser to Honor Parents

    Chris Colgan Starts Fundraiser to Honor Parents April 20th, 2019, started out like any other day for Chris Colgan Jr., of Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Chris, now 18, was 16 at the time and planned on spending the Saturday hanging out with his friends while his dad took his mom out on their boat to celebrate…

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  • Nov. 11, 2021

    6 Tips for Being Mindful of Trauma During the Holidays

    Navigating trauma during the holidays can be tough. Imagine for instance you have been removed from your home and family. Despite what occurred for you to be removed you still miss, love, and long to be together again…this is foster care…this is the struggle we face when we have been removed from our family origin.…

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    Nov. 5, 2021

    Adoptionly Yours Supports Together We Rise

    Adoptionly Yours Supports Foster Love - Together We Rise One of the amazing things about Foster Love - Together We Rise is that our supporters love to lend their skills to help. Our friends Jayne Alfieri and Stacy Clark, co-founders of Tiny Type Studios in Tampa, FL, took their talents to launch Adoptionly Yours greeting cards. What is Adoptionly Yours Greetings Cards?…

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    Sept. 27, 2021

    What Happens to Pregnant Teens in Foster Care?

    Thousands of teens find themselves in the foster care system after enduring some sort of trauma. Teen girls in or from unstable homes or communities are more likely to experience teen pregnancy. Inevitably, there are pregnant teens in foster care. But what happens to them and their babies in the system? Teens in Foster Care…

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    Sept. 24, 2021

    The Harsh Reality Behind Aging Out of Foster Care

    The harsh reality behind aging out of foster care is complex. Many hold personal beliefs that foster youth at 18 are adults and should be able to just get out in the world and make a life. We ask you to reflect on your experience after tuning 18. Did your family help you with tuition…

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  • Sept. 21, 2021

    Volunteer Opportunities for Kids can Start with a Classic Lemonade Stand

    Volunteer Opportunities for Kids can Start with a Classic Lemonade Stand Finding volunteer opportunities for kids can be tough. Siena, an elementary school student, used her creativity, passion, and discipline to give back to youth in the foster care system. At just 7 years old, she crafted a plan to run a lemonade stand at…

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    Sept. 13, 2021

    Together We Rise Attends 2021 BrandSource Conference

    Foster Love - Together We Rise Attends 2021 BrandSource Conference Foster Love - Together We Rise received an invitation from BrandSource to attend the 2021 Double Down Conference. The TWR team met with patrons from across the nation looking to serve the local foster care community. During the conference, we had the pleasure of speaking with attendees about their personal connections…

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    Sept. 10, 2021

    From Foster Youth to Founder of Creation Nation

    From Foster Youth to Founder of Creation Nation Karen Nation, a business owner, Shark Tank contestant, and former foster youth used her platform to collaborate with Foster Love - Together We Rise to give back to kids presently in the system. When speaking on her experience in the foster care system, Karen specifically noted her memories of not…

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  • Sept. 7, 2021

    Community Service for Kids- Matthis and Luca Giveback to Foster Youth

    Community Service for Kids- Matthis and Luca Giveback to Foster Youth Finding community service opportunities for kids can be hard. Matthis, 13, and Luca, 10 of Shelter Island, New York are no strangers to giving back to those in need. Through their involvement with their karate studio, they have participated in fundraisers for St. Jude’s…

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  • Sept. 7, 2021

    New Mini- Department in Albany, NY Provides Foster Children with Free Essentials

    New Mini- Department in Albany, NY Provides Foster Children with Free Essentials A local Albany pastor has taken a major step toward helping foster kids in the Albany Area. More often than not, foster children wear hand-me-down clothing from previous children in their foster home. When moving from placement to placement, foster kids often have…

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    Sept. 1, 2021

    Portland Hairdresser Hosted Free Haircut Event for Kids in Foster Care

    Portland Hairdresser Hosted Free Haircut Event for Kids in Foster Care For kids in foster care, sometimes basic needs are forgotten, one of these needs being haircuts. These needs are not maintained for many reasons, including they are expensive, time consuming, and since the foster care system is so complex, they may be last thing…

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    Aug. 21, 2021

    Finding a Forever Family at 18 Years Old

    Finding a Forever Family at 18 Years Old Many teenagers don’t have to worry about where their next meal is coming from, where they will spend the night, or who their family is. Teens in foster care do. The sad truth is that the older a child gets, the harder adoption becomes. Foster parents and…

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    Aug. 14, 2021

    Daisy Gonzales Beat the Odds of the Foster Care System

    Daisy Gonzales Beat the Odds of the Foster Care System The foster care system has a complex relationship with education. “The overall graduation rate for foster youth fell from 64.6 percent in 2019 to 55.3 percent in 2020” As for college, around 3% of former foster kids earn a college degree. These statistics are the…

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    Aug. 7, 2021

    Brave Abuse-Survivor Shares His Story in Hopes of Justice for Himself and Other Children Experiencing Abuse

    While foster care removes many children from dangerous situations, it can also cause further trauma and danger for them. Abuse in the System is More Common Than You Might Think As many as 28 percent of kids are abused while in the foster care system. However, official statistics may be severely underestimating the problem since…

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    Aug. 3, 2021

    Why You Should Help Teens in Foster Care

    Why You Should Help Teens in Foster Care As kids in foster care grow older, it becomes harder for them to find permanent homes that will provide a loving, nurturing environment for them, Parents tend to avoid fostering and adopting teens for multiple reasons. There is often a fear of trauma and the records of…

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    Aug. 1, 2021

    What Happens when Foster Care Separates Siblings

    What happens when foster care separates siblings? The bond between siblings is unmatched. While they may pick on each other and poke fun, at the end of the day one of the most valuable relationships a person can have is with their siblings. Think about your siblings growing up, you might not have always gotten…

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    July 27, 2021

    The Foster Care System is in Desperate Need of Reform

    Over time, there have been many concerns regarding the safety and care for children within the foster care system. One foster parent voicing these concerns is Pastor Anthony Favors, who has been a foster parent for over 10 years in three different states. Favors is very passionate about this cause, stating: “If it is the…

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    July 24, 2021

    New York Senator Gillibrand Introduces Foster Care Reform Bill

    New York Senator Gillibrand Introduces Foster Care Reform Bill New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand recently introduced the bipartisan, bicameral National Adoption and Foster Care Home Study Act of 2021. A bill aiming to create a national foster care database to increase transparency and uniformity across the foster care system. Above all, the bill is to…

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    July 22, 2021

    California’s State Senate and Assembly Pass $35 Million Program to Support Youth Aging Out of Foster Care

    California’s State Senate and Assembly Pass $35 Million Program to Support Youth Aging Out of Foster Care California’s state Senate and Assembly pass a $35 million program to provide a universal basic income for youth aging out of foster care. Governor Gavin Newson approved the bill last Friday, making it the first state wide program…

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  • July 21, 2021

    Former Foster Parents Arrested for Child Sex Abuse

    Former Foster Parents Arrested for Child Sex Abuse While there are some happily-ever-afters that come from the foster care system, there are things in the system that need fixing. For starters, there is abuse that happens within the system. Whether it is people fostering for the wrong reason, people abusing the system, or people abusing…

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