Those of us involved in the child welfare system (lawyers, judges, counselors, foster parents, volunteers, etc.) aspire to a common goal: to help the children in foster care rise above the circumstances to which they were born. Our expectation is that by housing, feeding, clothing, counseling (we "therapy" these kids a lot), we will show these children how to break the cycle of abuse. How ironic that once these children reach the age of majority we drop them ("if they want to leave, then let them leave") and expect them to fend for themselves. Even at 18 these kids are still kids. YTIA wants to truly break the cycle by providing youths with a life after foster care. Our vision includes not only continuing to teach but also to provide a safe place for youths to live while they gain knowledge, experience, and maturity to become independent, productive adults. On Tuesday, May 6th all of San Antonio will have the opportunity to support a very worthwhile cause: OURS! Please participate in "The Big Give SA" -- OPEN YOUR HEART (and wallet!) and give to support our kids. Share our mission with friends, family, co-workers and invite them to join in this worthwhile effort.
Mary E. Valdez is one of the co-founders of YTIA, an attorney with an interest in (hopefully) making things a little bit better.