GROWN-UP KIDS NEED FAMILIES TOO
College-Bound Foster Girls Live In A Loneliness Gap You Can Fill
Turning 18 usually calls for celebration. For foster children, 18 is the year for graduating not only from high school but from the foster system itself. With emancipation comes freedom, independence…and loneliness. The ones who go to college learn quickly that they are different. No "care packages" from home, no haven for weekend laundry, often no place to go at all if their dorm closes for holidays.
Can you bake cookies? Do you have an extra bedroom and an extra space in your heart? Sponsoring an emancipated, college-bound former foster girl requires only a little time and effort a few times a year but may pay you back with a mountain of gratitude and possibly a lifetime friendship.
Not all former foster girls go to college but the 10 or so from El Paso County who do each year will have a better chance at success if they have the same kind of emotional (not financial) support system back home that their classmates have. You could be that support system.
This new program is being started by the Zonta Club of the Pikes Peak Area, not by government. What small amounts of money might be required to organize and publicize it are being raised privately. The Zonta Club invites you to join them. You're baking the cookies anyway; what's a couple extra dozen?