As a foster youth I always dreamed of a family, a mentor or someone who was my lifelong connection. I didn’t find many of those connections, even though my goal for permanency was adoption. Time doesn’t stop just because you haven’t made that connection, so I grew up, wondering was I too old to have these things. People weren’t looking for a teenager to become their lifelong connections, well that’s what I thought until DCFYI.
Former DCFYI participant, now adopted
If you're looking for a special relationship with a teenager in care that is supported by a community of volunteers, you're in luck. It's wonderful.
This program amazes me. Every event Family & Youth Initiative somehow creates a family atmosphere, which is exactly what these kids need. Giving the kids time to be the center of the attention and letting them know that all the adults are there to get to know them is very healing for them.
Kate (DCFYI Mentor)
I love seeing the kids and hearing about how they’ve been. It’s best if I’ve talked to them the last time about something that was coming up because then they get so excited to share how it went.
For many youth in foster care, the presence of one consistent adult is the difference between a brighter future or a difficult journey into adulthood.