For these 6+ years, I did not know what she thought of me. But because she recently wrote an essay about “My CASA Volunteer,” I learned that she considers me her “best friend” outside of her peers.
New Year’s resolutions are a chance to make a lasting change. This year, making a difference in the life of an abused or neglected child can start with a resolution too.
From the time they enter the state’s care and likely long before, foster youth experience trauma that can severely alter their physical, emotional, and psychological well-being. The impact of trauma on foster youth can mean that this vulnerable population faces numerous additional challenges as they grow and develop into adulthood.