In honor of foster care month, Kristian Rose, recently wrote an article about foster care and trafficking for LOVE 146's website. She states, "When it comes to trafficking of children within the U.S., children and youth in the foster care system are extremely vulnerable." She says, " As an anti-trafficking advocate, I've known this for years. As a relatively new foster parent, I'm re-learning it daily.
Kristian has seen that "Foster care and trafficking are often tragically linked." She explains, "Many of the children taken into care by state welfare agencies come from serious neglect or abuse, which means they already possess heightened vulnerabilities. The pattern of repeated displacement that often follows – being shuffled between various homes, shelters, and institutions – exacerbates those vulnerabilities. Because traffickers’ business subsists on the peddling of vulnerable people, kids in foster care can be incredibly easy targets."
Kristian challenges her readers to fight trafficking by becoming foster parents. She says, "If you sincerely want to help decrease the prevalence of the trafficking of children in the United States, consider the direct impact you can make in the lives of foster children. Consider going beyond simply funding a “safe home” for trafficking survivors and actually become a safe home to help children avoid exploitation in the first place."
For those who aren't able to be foster parents, Kristian says, "There are many other opportunities to pursue abolition by supporting the foster community in your area." She goes on to list practical ways to serve and support foster families. (See details here.)
Hope4Justice salutes the efforts of foster families and encourages everyone to take a fresh look at this ministry to vulnerable children. Could you be a foster parent? How else might you help?
Let's prevent trafficking in the lives of foster children.
Want to learn more about the face of modern-day slavery? Visit www.hope4justice.org/learnmore/
Upcoming training opportunity for teachers and other adults that work with young people
What: Presented by the Skagit County CSEC Task Force, this free 3-hour training will provide the foundation for the what, who, how, and why of commercial sexual exploitation of children and ways to respond. Participants will leave understanding current relevant state and federal law, will practice and consider approaches to supporting these youth, and will be provided with a list of some community resources.
When: June 16, 2017 - Noon to 3pm
Where: Skagit Valley Co-Op, 202 South 1st St, Mt Vernon, WA 98273 - Room 309
Sign Up Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/responding-to-the-commerical-sexual-exploitation-of-children-and-youth-tickets-32867739293
When: August 18, 2017 - Noon to 3pm
Where: Burlington Public Library, 820 E Washington Ave, Burlington, WA 98233
Sign Up Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/responding-to-the-commerical-sexual-exploitation-of-children-and-youth-tickets-32867379216
Note: A mid-April training filled shortly after becoming available. It is recommended that you reserve your seat at the June or August training now!
Our next public meeting is Tuesday, April 18, 2017
from 7-8:30 pm at the Engedi Learning Center, 7370 Guide Meridian, Lynden, WA 98264. (From Wiser Lake roundabout head North on Guide Meridian; immediately after Simple Box Storage Containers turn right into the driveway and drive to the right and toward the back)
IN THE NEWS
Headlines this week:
- From CBS Los Angeles: "Global Sex Trafficking Ring Busted In One Of America’s ‘Happiest,’ ‘Safest’ Cities"
- From KNKX radio: In U.S. Restaurants, Bars And Food Trucks, 'Modern Slavery' Persists