There are things in this world that are so horrible, it is hard for the human mind to conceive. Human Trafficking is one of those things that to the average person is so dark, the human mind has difficulty comprehending. Here is something very scary – it could happen to your daughter, niece, grandchild, neighbor, student, or son. The point is that just because we don’t think about something does not make it go away and it does not keep our loved ones safe. I became aware of how horrible trafficking is when late one night I could not sleep so I watched a program on television about Sex Trafficking in Lithuania.
One of our foster children has been blessed with the gift to write, here is a Christmas poem she recently wrote for our Holiday newsletter:
We wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas! May this holiday bring you peace, joy, and lots of fun with your family.
Click on the “Continue Reading link to enjoy a few pictures from our Christmas Party we had last week.
When we think of human sex trafficking, most of our first thoughts go to those young girls overseas who are being kidnapped and taken from their love ones. Or we think of “prostitutes” as troubled youth who ran away from home. This article and video breaks both of those mindsets: New Jersey Teen spent 36 hours in the world of Sex Trafficking.
Meet our clinical director and owner, Karen Cowan. She was raised in Detroit but moved to Asheville when she was 16 years old. Although she moved around quite a bit, she never really found a place that felt like home like Asheville did. She opened the foster care agency in 2004, and named it after her beautiful daughter Brandi, in 2010. She is a mother to her 7 year old grandson Joseph and an awesome boss. Let’s meet her!
From Our Clinical Director
I hope everyone has had a great summer as it is quickly coming to an end. We are looking forward to hearing about the great adventures and trips that many of you took. Well school is starting back and as much as parents say they are glad and the children say they are ready to go back, changing from one routine to another can be stressful. We have children with great potential; remember every situation is an opportunity for teaching. A lot of times our kids are angry and they have great reason to be. In many cases, life has not been fair to them, they have things going on within their body and brain that they don’t understand and they do not know how to control themselves.
We thank you Robin Williams, not only for the times we smiled, cried, or laughed till we cried, but for bringing the issue of depression and mental illness to the fore front. There are a lot of people of all races, genders, and social status that deal with mental health illnesses such as depression. They should never feel like they are alone. People really do care and matter about what you are going through.
There once was a man and he was in a dark room. He had been in that room all his life. Nobody knew he existed, but the people who put him there and God. One day a person happened along this path that was not part of any map. Out of curiosity the person wondered down the path and found an old abandoned house. The person knocked on the door and no one answered. The person could not explain the overwhelming urge to go into the house, and started to walk away. The problem is that walking away was so difficult. There was something inside the person that would not let him leave. The person went into the house and there was nothing in sight. When they turned around to leave there was a door and a sound coming from behind it. Out of concern that there could be an animal trapped inside or someone in need, the person goes to the door and says is there anyone in there. No one answers, but there is sound. Again, drawn by The Spirit the person opens the door and inside the door is a man. He is dirty, smells really bad and is fearful of the person. The man goes into the corner, sits down and then balls up in a fetal position.
We would love for you to meet Phyllis Green, talk about a lady filled with knowledge and stories about life. She is well traveled and lived in several places like Florida, Guam Island, and Asheville. She has been fostering for 20 years and lives by the motto, Live and Let Live.