Friday, May 22, 2015

Good News Friday

May is National Foster Care Month, a month set aside to acknowledge foster parents, family members, volunteers, mentors, policymakers, child welfare professionals, and other members of the community who help children and youth in foster care find permanent homes and connections. So today I’d like to celebrate these caring individuals by talking a little bit about the amazing foster care providers who work with Imagine!’s Innovations for Children department.

What do Imagine!’s Innovations for Children foster care providers bring to the children they serve? Here’s the story of just one of those incredible providers, Pema Chosang, shared with us by her Foster Care Placement Worker, which answers that question:

Pema has been a foster parent for several years. Pema is an exemplary foster parent in every sense of the word. Pema makes a concerted effort to understand the needs of the children in her care in order to create a home environment that allows them to thrive. Last month, for example, she took both children in placement on a month-long trip to India with her family. When the foster family returned home from the trip, one of the foster children commented that he felt like he truly is a part of the family. Pema’s ability to integrate her foster children into her extended family is admirable. She feels strongly that her foster children are her sons, and treats them as such. 

Thank you, Pema, and thank you to all of Imagine!’s Innovations for Children foster care providers.

Pictured above: 

Back row from left to right: Pema Chosang, Tenzin Chosang, Pema Dolma, Tashi Carlek, Tenzing Sopa, Jigme Tanzin, Roberto Abarca, Andrea Legleiter, Mike Miller.

Front row from left to right: Kalden Dingtsa, Jampa Dolma, Teresa Woodworth, Phurbu Lhandon, Lhamo Tsesum.

Not pictured: Christopher Davis, Shawnna Davis, Jampa Dothar, Denise Belk, Julie Miller, Dechen Wangmo, Tenzin Rabgye, Tsering Bhuti, Passang Mayang, Ana Henriquez, Bruce LaMonica, Angela Suppes, Darren Suppes, Dawa Dolma.

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