Recognize Foster Youth This Independence Day



As my long-time blog readers and social media followers know, I am passionate about teens in foster care. No one can survive alone and certainly no one can thrive alone. We all need support and a support system. Instead of forcing instantaneous independence on young people who have experienced trauma and disruption just because they reach a specific birthday, we need to encourage interdependence as a lifestyle. Here are 3 ways to learn more about teens in foster care:


1. Check out these 4 foster care blog posts.

• Why is 21 the Magic Cut-Off Age?
• Support System for Youth Aging Out of Foster Care
• Who Taught You About the Real Word?
• Are You Willing to Give Them a Chance?


2. Follow The Teen Toolbox on Facebook for more foster care activities, articles and ideas.


3. Join our Annual Drives to support foster youth.

Many youth in foster care move frequently. They also often carry their limited belongings in garbage bags. This is unacceptable. You can support our annual drives as an Ambassador, sponsor, donor, or volunteers.

Pack A Backpack™ Drive is our annual National Foster Care Month campaign to raise awareness for and provide backpacks (duffel bags and luggage) filled with personal hygiene items to teen males in foster homes, group homes, and homeless shelters.

Pack A Purse™ Drive is our annual Christmas campaign to raise awareness for and provide purses (backpack, duffel bags and luggage) filled with personal hygiene items to teen girls in foster homes, group homes, and homeless shelters.

SAVE THE DATE: 9th Annual Pack A Purse™ Drive 2015
• November 1, 2015 – December 5, 2015
• Purse Packing Party – Saturday, December 12, 2015


Packaged For Success Foster Care Drives










Nicki Sanders, The Packaged For Success Coach, is an experienced trainer, group facilitator, and program manager. She has packaged her Masters of Social Work degree and over 15 years of work experience into Packaged For Success, a training and professional development company. Packaged For Success provides career coaching to college students, entry-level job hunters, and experienced employees seeking a promotion. Packaged For Success also offers communication and productivity improvement training for employees and supervisors and provides consultation on building sustainable, impactful, socially responsible community programs.

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