is both an author and an advocate for children waiting to be reunified with their biological families. Through the character, Stacey F. in her children’s books, Diamond utilizes her social work background and personal experiences to give insight to what it’s like to parent, foster, and adopt through the child welfare system.
About the Author
In addition to writing children’s books, Blaque Diamond is an advocate for children waiting to be reunified with their biological families. Blaque Diamond has three biological children and has raised nine nieces and nephews, two of whom she was granted custody and three of whom she adopted from the NYC foster care system. Diamond has ﬁrsthand experience with both the foster care and adoption procedures as well as working in the social world ﬁeld.
By using the character, Stacey F., Diamond utilizes her social work background and personal experience to give insight into what it’s like to parent, foster and adopt a child through the child welfare system. Diamond graduated from Morgan State University School of Social Work, where she earned her BSW and MSW degrees and was an all American Collegiate Scholar. She lives in Maryland with her children.
“Having experienced the joys of being a foster mother and adopting children and also knowing the legal side of the foster care/adoption, I wrote these books for both children and parents to easily understand.”
MURRAY, Utah – Some foster children in Utah won’t have to go without this holiday season, thanks to airmen from Hill Air Force Base and athletes from the University of Utah.
They’re part of Utah Foster Care’s Santa’s Brigade. Their mission is to make the holidays a little brighter for kids who are trying to adjust to a new home.
Santa’s Brigade spread holiday cheer to 300 kids in foster care in Northern Utah as University of Utah athletes delivered Christmas trees and decorations.
“Everything was donated, so all it takes is manpower,” said Stevenson Sylvester, former Pittsburgh Steeler & U of U football player. “Just to see their excitement today when we deliver these trees is just going to be epic.”
Airmen from the 419th and 388th showered kids with nearly 800 gifts.
“We’re here to bless all the families with things they don’t have or more that they need,” said Tech Sgt. Neysa Henson.
The volunteers use their own vacation time to be part of this special day.
“I am so humbled that they take time out of their schedules, they use their personal resources, they take personal leave to come make a difference in the lives of these kids,” said Karrie Scott, a foster parent.
Scott has adopted six children from foster care.
“Sometimes the families have made bad choices,” she said. “The parents are struggling with something, but that’s not the kids’ fault.”
To see their faces light up during a challenging time is the best gift she could ask for.
“Everybody deserves a home, everybody deserves to be loved,” she said.
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Foster Kids Need Love Too® is an organization that has the best interest of foster kids of this nation at their heart. As a nation we obsess over the bringing up of our children. We make sure to provide them with the best quality of education for their mental growth; we provide the best food to our children to give them a healthy lifestyle; we provide them with the best medical facilities; and all this very rightly so, they are our children after all who will take the mantel of running this nation tomorrow, all this is their right and all of this will be provided by any parent worth their salt.
But take a moment here and consider those children who are the same age as your very own kids. Unfortunately for them there is no way to get all the best treatment in the world because they do not have any family that takes care of them and because they are all alone on this planet.
Think of the consequences for such a child. Lost in the world, they could end up on the wrong paths of criminality or abuse. If they make to a mature age, with their past marred with trouble and nothing good, they could end up in a lifelong destructing cycle of crime, of substance abuse and even of violence.
Think for a moment that just because they did not have a person in their life to guide them, these young minds which could have been put to great use of the civilization have gone rotten at the cruel hands of the unforgiving society.
That kid could have been you.
If not for that person who was there for you when you needed them the most; the person who listened to you and gave you a hand when you found yourself seeking a way out of a mess. At Foster Kids Need Love Too® we want to be that family for the unfortunate and underprivileged kids of our nation who are out there as we speak trying to navigate through the adversities of life, in need of person to look up to. We love foster kids and we want them to be our family. We want them to be a part of the bright future of our nation and we are determined in our quest to provide such children with food, care, education and above all, love.
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Construction is slated to begin soon on the Caribbean’s first independent living complex for wards of the State, following Friday’s official groundbreaking ceremony at 24 Lady Musgrave Drive, New Kingston.
Upon completion, the facility will be equipped to house at lease 40 young women who have reached the age of 18, when, by law, they are required to leave their places of safety, irrespective of whether they have a job or place to live.
Under the Transitional Living Program for Children in State Care, these young women will spend up to two additional years in the care of the state.
Dr Luz Longsworth, principal of the Open Campus of the University of the West Indies (UWI), used the groundbreaking ceremony to announce the gift of 30 one-year scholarships to the pioneer residents of the complex. Another 15 such scholarships will be provided to young men, also wards of the state, at the tertiary level as well.
Luis Moreno, United States ambassador to Jamaica, gave a commitment that his country would fund a similar facility for young men, to be built in Manning, St Elizabeth. The United States Agency for International Development is funding the Kingston facility at a cost of US$1.45 million under the Development Grants Program, in what Youth and Culture Minister Lisa Hanna described as a game-changing partnership.
With the Jamaican Government donating prime land space in New Kingston’s ‘Golden Triangle’, the project will be implemented through the collaborative efforts of the Caribbean Child Development Centre, Child Development Agency, the Social Welfare Centre, and the UWI Project Management Office.
Meanwhile, Rosalee Gage-Grey, chief executive officer of the Child Development Agency, spoke to the importance of this intervention.
“It is very significant because we have about 700 children that leave care each year. Some of them are in foster care, and the foster parents will continue to keep them; some can be reintegrated with their own families. We have some who come into Kingston for tertiary education and need a place, and so it will provide a space where they can move from university to work for the period of the two years, and so its very significant,” she told The Gleaner.
“And it’s semi-independent, meaning that they will take care of themselves, with some support. So they will be comfortable with individualized spaces, and we will continue to provide the support, the life skills for them to transition successfully.”
A clearly excited Hanna gave this response when asked to gauge the significance of the new facility.
On a scale of 1-10?
“Eleven!” she answered, noting that it will address an area of need that has been neglected for too long.
“It’s a long time in the making, and its something that I’m very pleased with; conceptualized it, UWI came on board, USAID came on board, and now they’ve said to us, we are going to be working on the contract for the one for the boys in St Elizabeth. We gave the land, UWI is giving the social work and the training, USAID is putting up the money, so there is a lot of equity going into this,” she added.
However, the youth minister would not commit to the completion timeline for the Kingston facility or the start-up for the one slated for St Elizabeth.
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WAYNESBORO — Sonya Payne remembers her best birthday ever.
It was in 2010, the day she legally adopted her foster daughter Ariel Simone Payne, 16.
Ariel wasn’t the first child that Payne has fostered. In fact, Payne estimates that she’s legally fostered 40 children since 1993, and taken in over 70, even if only temporarily.
“That’s why we call her superwoman,” said Ariel’s adoptive sister Taimonique Payne, 15 and a half years old.
Payne decided to become a foster parent while working with battered women, and seeing the effect it had on both the women and children.
“It was too much,” Payne said. “I told my husband, we have to do something to help these kids.”
She read about her first foster child in the newspaper in 1993 and the rest is history.
Even with families like the Paynes, there are still local children in the foster care system that do not currently have homes and are at risk of aging out of the system, which severely affects their chances of success once they become adults, said Jennifer Eccles, foster parent and member of the mission team at First Baptist Church in Waynesboro. There are 163 kids in foster homes locally, but 14 that don’t have somewhere to call home.
That’s why the church decided to hold a summit about foster care, with a panel of foster care workers, parents and adopted teenagers, to inform the community about the need for more participation in the foster care system.
The summit was Sunday afternoon and about 25 people attended, Eccles said.
“The church feels very strongly that we have a calling to help these kids in our community,” said the mom of six. “They need families.”
One of the main focuses of the summit was on the need for care for older children and children with siblings, specifically, Eccles said. Removing the stigma that older children come with more problems is key.
“This is not about bad behavior,” Eccles said of why children end up in the foster care system. “It’s because of abuse or neglect.”
Both Ariel and Taimonique spoke about being adopted and what they would tell other foster parents if they could.
“Never give up on your adopted kids,” Taimonique said. They may have difficult behavior and difficulty adjusting, but never to give up.
For more information about foster parenting call Jennifer Edson or Heather Hudnall at Shenandoah Valley Social Services at 540-245-5800.
When my partner and I decided we wanted to become parents, we had no idea the level of complexity and number of challenges that would emerge along the way. After all, we thought, why would anyone want to prevent a child from finding a stable home and a loving family?
As prospective parents, excited by the thought of expanding our family, we were surprised to learn that same-sex couples were considered bottom on the list of homes to be placed with children. We learned that many adoption agencies throughout the state acted on their right to refuse representing same-sex adoptive couples.
After finally locating an agency that treated us with dignity and respect, our dreams came true when we were introduced to two beautiful sisters who would forever change our lives and give us the new title “daddy.” Our mission since has been to raise awareness and get to the real truth of this community need.
What often gets lost in the whirlwind of rhetoric are the 17,000 children in Arizona’s foster care system who need and deserve a loving home. This is why Equality Arizona is launching a new effort called Project Jigsaw: Connecting Every Child to a Loving Family.
The recent decision by Gov. Doug Ducey to require state agencies to allow all legally married couples in Arizona, including same-sex couples, to adopt was a huge step in the right direction. As the governor so eloquently stated, “All children deserve a loving home, and under my watch, I’m committed to making sure government encourages that.”
In order to achieve this, Arizonans need to take an “all hands on deck” approach.
First, we need to ensure that all who are involved in the adoption process have access to the resources they need. This means giving parents, providers, educators and others access to helpful information and resources about adoption so the child can succeed
Second, we need to begin educating the public about the importance of adoption and why we should never put up barriers to finding children permanent, loving homes in Arizona.
Finally, Project Jigsaw will connect with elected officials and providers to ensure that Arizona policies align with Gov. Ducey’s vision of a home for every child.
It’s time for all of Arizona’s leaders, regardless of political party, to come together and support loving families of all walks of life. While there are many in this community who can afford to play political games, the 17,000 children in Arizona’s foster care system certainly cannot.
Ultimately, the campaign is about creating an environment where all Arizonans can be lucky enough to experience what my partner and I have: building a loving family for amazing children, who need and deserve it just like every other child.
And though the individual pieces of our family may not be the same as yours, I can assure you the final picture will show the same thing: unconditional love.
This month is National Adoptions Awareness Month. This year’s National Adoption Month initiative emphasizes the importance of sibling connections for the 102,000 children and youth in foster care waiting for adoptive families. Please support the movement and cause together we can make a change.
Good morning Foster Care Kids Need Love Too Family! Foster Care Kids Need love Too® provides community education, public policy/advocacy and direct services for children and youth who have been removed from the care of their parents to the …supervision of the state. The organization recruits and sustains volunteers who serve in public and private agencies or work on projects designed to enhance the lives of foster, homeless, transitional and incarcerated children and youth.
Think back to that one person that made a huge impact in your life. Now don’t you want to be that person in someone else’s life? Together we can make a change.
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