Friday, December 11, 2009

A Home for the Holidays

Happy Friday Everyone!

I wanted to share a story with you that truly touches my heart and inspires the true meaning of Christmas. Today I attended a team meeting for a teen on my caseload. This teen (whom I will refer to as “Charles”) does not have a family to call his own. What he does have is a support staff that cares for him, and a special friend (whom I will refer to as “Matthew”). Charles and Matthew are in similar situations; both are teenagers in foster care, both were previously living in the same residential placement, but Matthew recently moved into a foster home. Knowing that Charles would not have a family to spend the holidays with, Matthew asked his foster parents if Charles could spend Christmas day with his new foster family. Matthew was so heartfelt and sincere with his request, that his foster parents agreed to have Charles be their guest for the day. Both boys are excited because they will have a home for the holiday.

A Home for the Holidays is presented by the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption and Children's Action Network, and sponsored by Wendy's. Now in its 11th year, the special will feature Faith Hill and include performances by Shakira, Reba McEntire and Carrie Underwood. Nia Vardolos and Jenna Elfman are among the celebrities who will present inspirational stories of extraordinary families formed through foster care adoption.

Please tune in to watch this special event and consider opening up your home, not just for the holidays, but everyday, by adopting a child from foster care.


Di said...

How do we invite someone for the holidays?

Alexandra B said...

One way would be to get involved in the adoption from foster care process. So maybe not this year, but next you could be on the way to having a new member of the family.

Many localities also have programs to collect gifts or hold parties for those in care. Check the agencies in your area for possible ways to get involved.

rcacl said...

This is a wonderful story, My husband and I are licensed in NJ, and would love to open our home for the holidays to a teen that is in need, ideally we would like to foster - to adopt, we have a seven year old and have room in our hearts and home for a waiting child. How could we get involved?

Alexandra B said...

rcacl give her social worker a call and let them know that you are interested in having a child placed with you. That's the best way to go.