Fostering for Two: A Young Mother’s Story
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Being involved and engaged in my court hearings and permanency planning was critical for me as the stakes were high. I was a minor mother in foster care; therefore, my daughter was also placed into foster care. We were so fortunate that my foster mom agreed to be foster parents to both of us and we were able to live together. I was part of the decision-making process regarding my daughter’s well-being. Through being involved in the processes, I had a clear idea of what I needed to do and the many services I had to complete in order for my daughter to be reunited with me upon exiting foster care. When I aged out of care, both my daughter and I were very supported and equipped with resources to be successful.
As an adult, I have had the privilege of working with young mothers whose children were in foster care. I have learned that it is important for young people to have someone to help them advocate for themselves, a judge that listens and understands, as well as a social worker that encourages involvement and collaboration. These things will empower young people to voice their needs and concerns resulting in better outcomes.