By Charlotte Haberaecker
Last month was recognized as Foster Care Month. Every child or young person that comes to the foster care system arrives through different circumstances having experienced traumatic and troubling situations.
I was very moved by the many stories we highlighted over the past few weeks, stories that speak to the people that our members walk alongside and how their lives have been shaped through their experiences with foster families and caregivers.
Inspiring stories like that of Joseph, a former foster care youth with Lutheran Social Services of Michigan, who with the help of an LSS of MI program that provides funding for former foster care children to attend college, is now starting Harvard Medical School.
And that of Carlos, whose journey brought him from Guatemala to Pennsylvania, where Liberty Lutheran’s unaccompanied minor refugee program, the only one of its kind in the state, provided him with safety and security, a supportive case worker who still keeps in touch with him and a loving foster family that welcomed him with open arms.
To read their stories and more, click here.
With more than 100 LSA members serving children, youth and families in 33 states across the U.S., our network has a significant presence in strengthening children, youth and families, providing a broad range of services from foster care to charter schools. We’re honored to feature the work of our network and our wonderful members, and the stories of the people they walk alongside in their communities.
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