As people who work with a specific subset of the population – that is, victims of child abuse and neglect – we have a vested interest in researching relevant statistics and sharing them with the community. All the data in the world, though (for instance: at any one time, there are 13,000 children in foster care in the State of Michigan; in 2015 alone, over 10,000 children were removed from their homes due to abuse or neglect, 53% of whom were five years old and younger) doesn’t convey what it really feels like to experience the foster care system.
Two features have been published recently which help to paint a more vivid picture on how it feels to live in and with foster care:
- After 20 Years, Young Man Leaves Foster Care On His Own Terms – the story of Noel Anaya, who entered foster care as a three-year-old, on the day he officially aged out of the system and was able to share his views with the judge assigned to his case
- Mom Who’s Fostered 70 Children Shares Powerful Post – an interview with Rachel Hillestad who created a Facebook post that went viral and details her experiences as a foster mother
We hope these stories will help to deepen your understanding on the issues facing our foster care system.