It is indeed official! Yesterday, we had the launch of the Together We Can Foundation! We are a brand new foundation begun in Virginia Beach, Virginia to serve the needs of the underserved in our community. Our first undertaking will involve foster teens who are aging out of the system.
Are you aware that you and I have a custodial responsibility for every foster child in our communities? I think most citizens hear the words foster child, and don’t know what that really means. As soon as a child enters the foster care system, he or she becomes OUR child. No, it’s not a biological thing, and it’s nothing which requires anyone to be super human. What it does require, in my opinion, is that a given community must be mindful of what these children experience – and they experience far more than any child should – and work together for positive outcomes. Through no fault of their own, these children live life on the edge, and they need to come back from that edge and see that there are possibilities for them in the future, regardless of what has happened to them in their past.
That’s where TWC comes in! We have already been networking within the community, talking with our community college about opportunities for higher education, meeting with individuals who can raise a public profile of this situation through media, etc. etc. And, yesterday, we were fortunate to have the First Lady of Virginia Anne Holton Kaine to appear before City Council to speak about her For Keeps program she has spearheaded to help foster children find permanent homes. Prior to her Council appearance, during which time she gave us a big boost, she met with all of the Board members and the juvenile court judges for what was a terrific lunchtime get together! What an exciting day!
Our Board members are rarin’ to go, so look for more posts on our activities. In the meantime, you can check us out at the Together We Can Foundation website. Take a few minutes and go through our interactive information. The needs of foster children are not exclusive to Virginia Beach, Virginia. Nationwide, there are approximately 500,000 children in foster care. This means that you have children in your area. Think about how you can help, can get involved, and change a life for the better!