“If the government or those who are in power want to make the foster care system better, what they should do is just ask a foster kid. Talk to one of them. They can tell you exactly what they need. What they need is what most children and even teens need…Someone who cares about them, someone who will listen to them and hold them when they are scared. What they need is what any child needs…a family who loves them.” - Luis
“It’s about my entire life, it’s not just about my childhood. I want to know that I’m going to have someone to walk me down the aisle. That I’m going to have grandparents for my children.” - Mary
“It is hard to be moved around all the time. Permanency is important because then we can feel like we belong and settle, rather than get moved around and feel worthless because we feel that no one wants us.” - Kaylee
These words stab deeply into my heart. It is not okay that children are going through these experiences. All children deserved to be loved and have a family wrap around them for the rest of their lives. They need to know who Jesus is and the hope and grace found in Him. As the Body of Christ we can be that voice for the voiceless. We can make a difference in the lives of children in foster care. Advocate to your family, your church body, you community on behalf of children in foster care.
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Jillian graduated from Illinois State University with a Bachelor’s degree in social work. She has a heart for the orphan and those who feel forgotten. Her role with TFI began as a volunteer, a year and a half later she serves full time as administrative and advocates support. Jillian has a passion for loving and reaching out to those who are hurting.
“So many individuals either do not know the needs or misunderstand the needs of the foster care community, I’m burdened to advocate for this forgotten community and ultimately make Jesus more famous.”