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Tag: foster care

Apr 24

Let the Healing Begin

Posted By iamincontrol | April 24, 2014

By April

No matter how annoying younger siblings can be, we all have that protective big brother/sister instinct in us that comes out when they get hurt. We feel we have to protect them from things in this world that we don’t want them to ever have to experience, and when they do experience them, we feel a sense of failure that cuts deep.

I have a sister who is three years younger than me. We’ve gone through so much together­­. Our biological mother gave us up for adoption after giving birth to me at age 13, and my sister at age 16. This only made my sister and me closer. We got through foster care together and were fortunate to both be adopted by the same family. I was forced to grow up a lot faster and take care of my sister’s needs first. This seems like a huge task for a four year old, but you do what you have to do. Being placed in a good home allowed me to let someone take care of both of us, but there was still that sense of protectiveness in me.

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Nov 15

Foster Care College Resources

Posted By iamincontrol | November 15, 2012


By Doug

Were you in foster care?  Want to go to college?  Iowa College Student Aid may be able to help:

College Planning

There are resources available for career and college planning, financial aid, college admissions, and Free ACT, SAT, and GRE test preparation through I Have A Plan Iowa™.  They also have Iowa employment opportunities and resume preparation.

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Nov 15

Foster Care Resources

Posted By iamincontrol | November 15, 2012


By Doug

Are you in Foster Care?  Have a friend who is?  Wondering what foster care is?  If you said “yes” to any of these, you will want to read this: 

Foster care is defined as safe temporary placement for children or teens who cannot remain safely in the home of their parent(s).  Often by no fault of their own, teens in foster care live away from mom and dad in a variety of “foster care placements” such as with relatives, foster parents, group homes, etc.  All children in foster care have a Department of Human Services (DHS) case manager or a Juvenile Court Officer (JCO).

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