Sunday, December 23, 2007

December 2007 Update from Kids Are Waiting

Eshawn Peterson at Capitol Hill

Adults Who Spent Part of the Childhood in Foster Care Stage Thanksgiving Dinner with their 'Parents' on Capitol Hill

On Wednesday, November 21, Foster Care Alumni of America hosted a Home for Thanksgiving dinner on the steps of the nation's Capitol.

More than two dozen adults from across the United States - all of whom spent at least part of their childhood or adolescence in foster care - gathered at the U.S. Capitol to recognize that, this year, more than half a million foster children will spend the holidays without a permanent family.

When children are removed from their parents and placed in foster care, the government assumes the role of parent.

"I'm 21 now and I can't remember a time when I was in foster care that we really celebrated Thanksgiving," said Foster Care Alumni of America member Eshawn Peterson of Tucson, Arizona, who spoke at the event. "I have felt so incomplete during the holiday season, especially since the people I care about most, my six sisters, were separated from me for so long."