After years of working as a nurse in hospice and end-of-life care, I found myself witnessing the grief of so many families who had lost loved ones, especially the youngest ones. Seeing very little in the children’s book market to address this need, I was compelled to write stories that would help children wrestling with these complex emotions.
I had always had a dream to write a book, but this gave my dream a greater purpose.
After my first book was written, it became very clear to me in a dream that God had a plan for my writing. Shortly thereafter, I felt a calling to become a foster parent. I jumped in with both feet.
My mission is to help spread awareness, which includes the growing need for children in someone else’s care, for whatever reason.
ONEHOPE27 IS THAT ANSWER
OneHope27 is the organization that provided the framework for my decision, and directed my calling to serve. One of the things I remember about my meeting with Charonne and Kevin (founders of OneHope27) is, “Not everyone is called to foster, but everyone can do something.”
OneHope27 believes The Church is the hope of the Foster care crisis. They accomplish this by promoting awareness, recruiting and supporting foster parents. My dream is to support this organization with my writing, so that they may continue on their mission.
I am asking that anyone who buys my new book Superhero Kid in Training will simply consider doing something to help. One way to help is by donating financially to help build their organization, or buy #SKIT for a child entering care. Please donate here.
ONEHOPE27 can be found on Twitter, or Facebook
HERE ARE SOME STAGGERING STATISTICS ABOUT FOSTER CHILDREN:
On any given day there are over 400,000 children in out of home care in the United States.
Each year nearly 27,000 of those will “age out” of Foster care without the critical family supports they need to succeed.
There are over 10,000 children within our foster care system waiting for an Adoptive Family.
Of the 28,000 kids in America who “age out” of care without a forever home, 85-90% of them will be homeless, incarcerated, addicted or dead within 2 years. Wisconsin needs Christ followers who would give their family to a child who needs an Adoptive family – FOREVER.
With over 2000 kids in foster care on any given day in Milwaukee County alone, and only 589 foster homes the need is great. You can be part of the solution with me.