Memorial Day and National Foster Care Month


There have been various studies and comparisons of foster children and military children.  The bottom line is that they are all OUR children and deserve the care and concern of the entire nation.   


Just like foster children, military children experience unique challenges such as parental separation, family reunification, and reintegration. Due to frequent moves, many military children experience disrupted relationships with friends, and must adapt to new schools and cultivate new community resources.  Foster children also face these same disruptions.  Shared traumas also include a parent with (combat) injury or illness, parental death, and child maltreatment and neglect.


On this Memorial Day during National Foster Care Month I want to show appreciation to all of our Veteran’s and active military and their families for their sacrifices that ensure our individual freedoms.  I also am grateful to all the foster parents, child welfare workers, mentors, and supporters of children in foster care.


Help eliminate negative stereotypes of teens in foster care by nominating a teen for our SPOTLIGHT Teen of the Month recognition.  The Teen Toolbox SPOTLIGHT Teen of the Month award recognizes a youth (14-21) in the foster care system that is leading a life of promise and making a positive impact in his or her community. Nominations accepted on a continuous basis. #STOTM




Nicki Sanders, MSW, Chief Visionary Officer

The Teen Toolbox utilizes youth portfolio development and civic engagement and academic empowerment strategies to help teens set goals for life after high school and create a road map to reach those goals through its PACKAGED FOR SUCCESS™ Programs.  We are committed to supporting and raising awareness about the needs and potential of teenagers in the foster care system.


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