The key to your happiness is to own your own slippers, own who you are, own how you look, own your family, own the talents you have, and own the ones you don’t. If you keep saying your slippers aren’t yours, then you’ll die searching, you die bitter, always feeling you were promised more. Not only our actions, but also our omissions become our destiny.
Owning a family could prove difficult if not impossible for some children living in the foster care system here in the United States. A brief look at Wikipedia’s information on foster care finds…..
- Nearly half of foster kids in the U.S. become homeless when they turn 18
- 1 of every 10 foster children stays in foster care longer than seven years, and each year about 15,000 reach the age of majority and leave foster care without a permanent family—many to join the ranks of the homeless or to commit crimes and be imprisoned.
- 3 out of 10 of the United States homeless are former foster children
- Very frequently, people who are homeless had multiple placements as children: some were in foster care, but others experienced “unofficial” placements in the homes of family or friends.
- Individuals with a history foster care tend to become homeless at an earlier age than those who were not in foster care
- The length of time a person remains homeless is prolonged in individuals who were in foster care.
It’s now 2011. I wonder how many children have found a permanent family to call their own before they become an adult? I know at least two have found a permanent family here with me. Some have told me I was a saint. No, I believe the saint(s) are these children who came into this world some never owning anything except their little soul. For my two angels, both were almost too “old” (13 years old) and seen as the not so ideal adoption. I wonder out of the 123,000 children waiting for adoptive families, how many are hard to adopt cases because of being too old?In and out of the system since the age of 10, my twins have changed from bitter angry children to self-confident, happier and delightful people. Just knowing a family is there for you 24/7 no matter what and has your back every time makes finding your own slipper way easier.
Now go on and fetch your slippers….we have a world waiting for change so why not start with finding a permanent home for all those young’ns!
— quote came from the book Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese.
*All foster care information from Wikipedia under Foster Care
–Photo of dogs from http://www.facebook.com/rockyridgerefuge