We are not aliens. But sometimes we feel like we are from a different world.
Don't ask us personal questions about our past.
We don't want your pity, curiosity, patronizing, whispers or detachment.
We can hear and read lips and even if we are not in the room we know you are talking about us. If you can't say anything nice, don't say it at all.
You are not our parents. But you can try to be our friend.
We hate the "F" word - "FOSTER".
Sometimes talking about "family or relationships" feels awkward and uncomfortable. Please do not put us on the spot publicly.
We are self conscious and don't want to be stuck in the past.
"Mom" or "Dad" is sometimes hard to relate to. Allow us to refer to our caregivers by names that we feel okay with.
Rejection and abandonment is sometimes a scar that never heals.
Sometimes we don't know how to cope or communicate.
Look beyond our misbehavior and see the triggers. Hurt people hurt.
Lead us by setting a good example.
Having fun together helps provide good memories to last a lifetime.
Extra patience, grace, forgiveness and kindness helps us a lot.
Invitations into your world can change our world.
Our bio family fell apart. One of the best things you can do is help us rebuild life long friendships to fill the void of all the missing family members in our world. Become that grandparent, aunt, uncle, cousin, sister, brother - our care givers will be so appreciative of your support too.