The steps I have taken to build up Fostering Kids at Work started with the courage to share my story with others. Once I started sharing I wanted to do more. I began using my stories that I once shared orally, to making booklets out of them. This way, just in case I wasn't around, other kids could still hear my story. You see, my story-is one of their stories or at least similar. I took the booklets to various agencies to be passed out and have distributed over 10,000 booklets. I had such a positive feedback with my first four booklets, that I continued to write a couple of more each year. I have a total of twelve booklets that I have written so far.
Writing the books kept me pretty busy, but not busy enough to collect over 7,000 toys for foster children since I haven't been one myself. The booklets provide a therapy for me. but the hands on projects provide a real connection with me and the kids who are still in foster care. I love to see their faces, talk with them, laugh with them, and give them an extra sense of hope if I can.
I see more projects, activities and books in my future. But the best thing I am able to see is a future- and I wish the same for each child in foster care.