Yo! I'm an 18 yr old Black male and I spent most of my adolescence (age 12-present) going through different foster homes. I now do my best to speak and advocate for the youth that have gone through similar experiences, and I recently got accepted ...
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Thank you very much everyone.
Q: What can I do to help?
A: You can donate here: https://www.cafdn.org/ways-to-give/donate-goods-services/
And here there's a shit ton of ways to give listed here: https://www.cafdn.org/ways-to-give/
Tell them Savvoi sent ya.
If you're in Ontario and want to foster: https://www.torontocas.ca/
That's the main page for the Children's Aid Society of Toronto. You can look into fostering, adoption, or volunteering.
If you're not in Ontario but want to foster:
Search up the fostering/adoption agency in your area/country and look for ways to support.
Q: I'd like to support without paying and without the terrifying responsibility of looking after a child. How?
A: Spread the word to your responsible, emotionally educated friends and coworkers that there are kids in the system who need them!
Can I just lay down some groundwork and preface this by saying that I'm a Reddit newcomer? An r/virgin, if you will? So please mind me if I lack the proper etiquette when it comes to doing one of these; I might need a little handholding.
Proof: https://imgur.com/VKqvBe6 I didn't have paper so I got this used envelope instead sorry lmao.
Representing and advocating for youth aging out of care over CBC radio: https://www.cbc.ca/listen/live-radio/1-63-the-current/clip/15827801-ontario-proposing-redesign-young-people-age-care-system I was nervous.
I have issues with being concise so the following text is me attempting to super-oversimplify my life.
My mother had me when she was very young, raised me alone, and her parent was probably the worst. Physical and verbal abuse, narcissism, zero attempt at emotional understanding, etc etc.
All of that trauma, along with living in a very dangerous neighbourhood, created a damaged young girl; and that damaged young girl needed to raise a child.
She developed a habit, later addiction, to drinking. I told my principal; he ended up calling Children's Aid Society of Toronto (basically Toronto's CPS) and they put me in a home with a different parent.
It didn't work in that home so they put me in another.
And then another.
You get the idea.
Since birth, I've been slowly cracking down the science of the parental authoritative figure. (Suitably titled "Assholeology")
My experiences have given me issues with self image, motivation, fear of failure, fear of being a bad person, etc.
I have ADHD, a Non-Verbal Learning Disorder, and mild anxiety. They were all diagnosed less than a year ago and each played a special part in making things hellish.
And now I have to speedrun a healthy human mentality before I start college.
Ask me anything.