Children need love, care, and safety; they need families

The Greatest terror a child can have is that he is not loved, and rejection is the hell of fears...... And, with rejection comes anger, and with anger some kind of crime in revenge for the rejection, and with crime, guilt - and there is the story of humankind. John Steinbeck, East of Eden

Saturday, February 6, 2010

FACES of Virginia Families

If you live in Virginia and are involved in foster care, kinship care, or adoption then you have most likely heard of FACES of Virginia Families!

This is a fabulous organization whose mission it is, "to provide a unified voice for children, youth, and families involved in foster, adoption, and kinship care so all children and youth are treated with dignity, respect, and equality."

Let me tell you what is the underlying and core foundational principles upon which FACES works:

F     Family - We believe that foster, adoptive, and kinship families are our best opportunity to secure strong futures for children and youth not living with their birth parents.

A     Advocacy - FACES advocates for the needs of all foster, adoptive, and kinship families in Virginia.

C     Collaboration - FACES builds partnerships with local agencies, private agencies, state government, and many other organizations working to improve the lives of children not living with their birth parents.

E     Empowerment - FACES provides educational opportunities to families so they are better equipped to be valued partners in protecting the health and safety of children and youth.

S     Support - FACES believes that mutual support strengthens families and improves placement stability for children and youth.

If you are either a foster, adoptive, or kinship family check out FACES!  Join the organization and learn everything you need to know to be a strong support and advocate for children and youth and families in Virginia!

On the FACES website you will discover all sorts of ways to help children and families, AND, you will learn how to get involved in changing the laws and policies of our State to further support our children!

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