Quick update from NYC.
Blitzen, Carrie and I officially adopted each other in September 2016, more than nine years after Blitzen entered the foster care system. Blitzen has grown into a brilliant, fashionable and fierce 14-year-old with remarkable talents. To know her is to be smitten.
Blitzen’s oldest sister (Dancer, age 16) has been in our care since October 2016. We’re not sure she’ll be here much longer, but we love having her.
Blitzen’s youngest sister (No Reindeer Name, age 3) lived with us for eight months in 2015-16. She now has permanency with her father, which is a great thing we advocated passionately for. We see her on weekends and miss her like crazy.
Three of Blitzen’s siblings have been in foster care for ten years with no permanency in site.
Carrie and I remain passionate about creating a child welfare system that works for kids, parents and communities. We believe that public policy should support families. We believe that undoing institutional racism would lead to better outcomes. We believe that permanency is essential for the health of children.
We believe in #PermanencyforSandy. We love Rebecca, Sandy and Clementine and miss the Fosterhood blog, which was a huge inspiration for us.
Fosterhood’s sabbatical reflects the pressure to be silent that exists for those stuck in the child welfare net. That pressure has the impact of erasing voices of birth parents, foster parents, kids in care and former foster youth – the very folks whose experiences should be central to our child welfare discussion.
As a person with privilege and safety, I feel an obligation to speak out on behalf of just, accountable child welfare system. With that in mind, I revisited Fosterwee and made a handful of old posts public (about 30 out of 800).
Fosterwee’s special beauty was the potent combination of Blitzen’s inimitable spirit and Carrie’s daily ability to capture the messiness with honest, sparkling prose. We won’t have that moment again. Blitzen’s story is for her to tell, and it’s likely to be found on Snapchat, Youtube or in concert. While Carrie and I consider new platforms, we’re delighted to connect with friends committed to a humane, equitable child welfare system.
Thank you for the generosity, love and support.