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The Sanctuary Foster Care Services exists to provide permanent sanctuary and healing homes for foster children and families from hard places. Our mission is simple: once a child enters into our care, we make a commitment to work with that child towards healing until they are either returned to their families of origin or to permanency, such as adoption.
What makes The Sanctuary unique is that we are trained in Trust-Based Relational Intervention(TBRI) and offer Wraparound Services to our foster families: Therapy/Counseling, 24/7 Crisis Intervention, Respite & Alternative Care, and Community-Based Support. Wrapping around our foster children and families stops the cycle of multiple placements that so severely hurts the children in care.
I was removed from my home, taken away from my brother and sister and placed into the foster care system due to abuse. My brother and sister stayed behind in the home, but we did get visits sometimes. Unlike most children that enter the foster care system, my time was as good as one could expect under the circumstances. I stayed in the system until I was adopted when I was 5.
Being adopted will always be one of the best days of my life. However, it was bittersweet because I thought I would never see my brother and sister again. I’ve always known I was adopted and have often felt out of place because of this. As I got older, I wondered if my brother and sister still remembered me and if they ever thought about me. This always left a void inside and unanswered questions.
Thanks to this thing called the internet and to the awesome Mom that adopted me, that void would soon be filled. I had last seen my brother and sister when I was around 5 years old and it would be 15 years later that we would finally see each other again. It was an overwhelming feeling that is hard to describe. As we got to know each other as adults, it was a great feeling to know that they had not forgotten about me over the years. It almost felt like we were never apart. The best part was I found out I had another sister that I didn’t even know about.
Later in life when I got married and had my daughter is when these tough feelings and memories as a kid started to come back. That’s when I knew I had to make some changes and give back to those who made a difference in my life as a foster child.