The Power of a Child’s Voice
When I became an adult, I decided to be the voice for the child who has no voice, writes Cherokee McAlpine.
A Call to Action: Hire Older Foster Alumni to Speak
As it stands, foster and emancipated youth agencies and non-profits that seek a youth perspective hire alumni between the ages of 18 and 24. This standard practice makes sense, given that more states are extending foster care services, they rely on federal money to serve this particular population and people find raw stories from fresh-faced youth emotionally compelling and conductive to their life’s work.
The Healing Effects of Alumni in the Lives of Foster Children
I just returned from a conference in Orlando where I trained and empowered approximately 150 Florida foster/adoptive youth. As I sit back and digest the events that unexpectedly unfolded, I realize, it is I who has learned the greatest lesson of all.