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Posted on: May 6, 2019

[ARCHIVED] Hear Our Voices

Foster Voice

“My voice not only matters, but it’s powerful. Foster kids are people too, we need patience, empathy, and at least one person believing in us NO MATTER WHAT, just like you do. I matter, we all matter, and now that I’ve grown up a little bit, I see that you matter too.” -excerpt from a teen's letter.

Over 100 letters from youth have been collected by Project Foster Power to create the “Hear Our Voices” letter display. The purpose is to educate professionals and others with decision-making power about the importance of foster youth voice. To help amplify youth voice, Project Foster Power is partnering with the CO4Kids campaign and Colorado Department of Human Services to post the letters on the CO4Kids Campaign child welfare blog through the end of May, National Foster Care Awareness Month.

The month is a great opportunity to recognize that we each can play a part in enhancing the lives of children and youth in foster care. This year’s theme, “Foster Care as a Support to Families, not a Substitute for Parents,” further highlights the concept of supportive relationships as key factors in achieving family stability, individual success, and maintaining family connections.

We encourage anyone who can offer a supportive relationship to get involved. For Jefferson County Human Services, the primary goal is to keep children home safely with their own families. If this is not possible, the next step is to work to find kin or appropriate caretakers who have an existing relationship with the child. When those steps fail, we turn to our foster families for help. There is a huge need for more foster homes in Colorado, especially Jefferson County. There are 170 kids in foster care in Jefferson County, and only 70 homes.

Jefferson, Douglas, and Arapahoe Counties work together to form the Collaborative Foster Care Program (CFCP). On any given day, approximately 1,200 children throughout Jefferson, Douglas, and Arapahoe Counties are in some type of out-of-home care due to neglect or abuse. In addition, about 150 children are awaiting foster care placement within the three counties. Nearly 85 are teenagers.

CFCP is always searching for families who will open their hearts and homes. We encourage you to attend a free information night to learn more.

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