Meet R, our September Young Adult of the Month!
R is a 20-year old young woman who has spent nine years in foster care. She is also a single mother of two sons, ages 2 and 5 months. R has suffered a tremendous amount of trauma in her life, both before and after her time in foster care. R first entered foster care when she was 11 years old. Then, at the age of 13, R’s mother passed away from opioid addiction. Two years ago, while riding in a car, R suffered a gunshot would to her head during a drive by shooting. Although she physically recovered, she has struggled emotionally. R suffers from PTSD while driving through the area in which the incident occurred. Despite all she has been through in her life, including nine years in foster care, numerous foster placements, and a failed reunification with her father, R is optimistic and motivated. She is doing everything she can to make a better life for herself and her children.
R is finishing the last of her high school credits so that she can graduate. She had been unable to do so previously, as she was recovering from her gunshot injury. R plans to attend college after graduating high school and aspires to become an RN. She lives in her own apartment but is hoping to move soon into a larger apartment in a safer neighborhood.
R’s apartment does not have a closet, so all of her and her children’s clothing are in bags and bins on the floor. She is desperately in need of dressers to store their clothing. R has a lot of other items she needs for her apartment, including large furniture items, household necessities, and items for her baby. She needs a new, good quality car seat for her youngest, as well as a stroller. All of these items are on her Amazon Wish List, or a monetary donation can be made to be put toward her larger, more expensive items.
R would also appreciate any assistance with clothing for herself and her children. She is in need of winter clothing for her boys (sizes 6-9 months, and 3T-4T). R is in need of clothing for herself that would be appropriate to wear to job interviews and for church services (size 14 in womens, size Large in bottoms and size Medium in tops, size 6 shoes). Any new or gently used clothing items for R and her children can be donated to one of our drop off locations. Please see our "Donate" page to contact one of our drop off locations.
Items can be purchased from R's Amazon wish list and shipped directly to Fostering Futures. Monetary donations can be made at the bottom of this page via Paypal or on our Facebook page.
Your support and contributions will help us to purchase needed items for our young adult of the month. Help us give this young person a positive start as they prepare to age out of foster care.