How you can make a difference for many starfish (fair warning: grab a tissue)

Wow, right? From the creators:

The film touched so many people–foster parents who had been struggling to believe in that child, to former foster youth who were for the first time revisiting their own trauma and seeing the hope for their lives, to otherwise uninvolved people who had never considered the experience of a child in this type of situation. From little agencies in counties we’d never heard of, to heads of nation- wide government programs, this little film has been making its rounds and touching lives far beyond our reach. We originally thought ReMoved might get a few thousand views, but it went on to get millions.

I wonder how many hundreds of agencies are using the above video in their pre-service training. I know mine does. I wonder how many thousands of people have been inspired to consider foster parenting, or becoming a CASA or Guardian ad Litem, or mentoring a foster child, or supporting a foster family….

I wish I could carry this around and show it to all those who tell me that they can’t foster, because it would hurt their hearts too much….

The creators of this amazing film are developing a sequel, and I’m asking you to help them. I have no affiliation with them, and won’t receive any benefit of this post – other than supporting a project in which I deeply believe. I’ve already voted with my checkbook. I hope you will, too.

Our goal in creating Part Two is to explore how we can not only care for abused, neglected and marginalized kids, but also help prevent them from ever becoming abused, neglected and marginalized foster kids in the first place. There are two sides to foster care: The immediate necessity to be respond to the need that exists – the plight of the child, while at the same time working proactively to address the problem at its root – the struggle of the family the child comes from.

Whether you’re able to give or not, whether you feel led to contribute to this work or not, please consider sharing this post – or the Kickstarter page – and encourage others to be aware of the films.

It has recently come to my attention that not all of my readers can easily tell when I’m being sarcastic. That is truly unfortunate, so finding a solution was imperative. ^Obviously, the easiest answer is to assume that if something can be read with sarcasm, it should be;^; but that’s not really workable, I guess. After reviewing several options for a “sarcasm font”, I’ve come up up with my own system. Whenever you see italics inside carrots (^snark^), that is my “sarcasm font”.

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