Belonging Starts Here

Imagine you wake up one morning, and you’re told to place all of your personal items in a trash bag.

Not just dirty clothes, but all of your meaningful and cherished items. Keep in mind you have three or four minutes to gather everything you think you’ll want or need. Even though the situation is likely very unsafe, leaving behind the people you love and care about creates a sense of anxiety and fear in any child. You’re going to live with people who don’t know you, wake up to new smells, new voices, new rules, and new expectations.

All of these are elements you can’t pack into your trash bag. This is a reality for almost 2,000 children in the state of Vermont and almost 700,000 children in the United States.

Fourteen years ago, I was one of these children. I can remember what it’s like when the only thing I could count on, was consistent change. The last thing any child needs at this moment is to feel like their existence is insignificant.

What is next for BSH?

  • Mini-Series of Success Stories of former foster kids
  • Mentorship and motivation virtual summits aimed at middle school to high school-aged foster children to empower a fighting chance of being part of the 2% to graduate from a four-year university.
  • Facebook Group to share the message of belonging “Belonging Starts Here: Life After Foster Care” A free space to get access to mentorship and a space to share your own stories and wins.
  • The best way to predict the future is to create it

Stories have to be told or they die, and when they die, we can’t remember who we are or why we’re here.

Sue Monk Kidd, authorWorks:  The Secret Life of Bees