A new partnership is out of the starting gate in Tulsa Public Schools!
Called “Fostering Community Recruitment,” the idea is to keep abused and neglected foster kids in the same school, recruit more school-related families to foster kids entering custody, and engage volunteers to support kids and families.
A 23-year-old former foster youth for most of her life, Christine Hamby knows why this partnership matters.
She told her story of 10 years in state custody to more than 100 educators, schools volunteers, advocates for children, and DHS and TPS leaders.
And, Tulsa World columnist Ginnie Graham told Christine’s story, too.
Christine is in college now, but she has climbed high mountains to get there. She was taken into state custody at age 8 due to severe neglect, moved to more than 15 different homes and schools, parental rights terminated, adopted by an abusive family and later taken back into foster care, and spending the rest of her teen years as a foster kid.
It all adds up to few permanent connections, little support and encouragement during her young years.
She wants “people to understand how traumatic it can be for kids to have to move to different schools and have no strong connections.” It’s a feeling of a “fish-out-of-water.”