Team Backup's History
It began when I decided to volunteer as a C.A.S.A.
"Court Appointed Special Advocate"
for foster kids who were wards of the court
in Orange County, California.
(It's a fabulous organization, by the way: CASAOC.org)
I saw first hand the stress and difficulties
that care givers faced
with kids who were still suffering.
One thing led to the next,
I ended up working with & mentoring lots of orphans.
Most are not prepared for adulthood.
I was shocked to learn that many become homeless
when they age out of foster care.
Along comes a painfully shy little 8 years old boy.
(The same age as our grandson.)
was clearly in distress
and failing in all of his placements.
Actually he really was a good kid.
He just needed a loving home and family.
He wanted us!
Actually, I preferred simply being a volunteer.
But as Christians, my husband & I believe according to the Bible, our Lord says perfect religion is to help widows and orphans in their distress. (James 1:27)
So we opened up
our hearts and home
and rocked our world.
We quickly experienced
that many foster and adoptive families face.
The tremendous lack
We soon realized
that the system is truly broken.
Just look at the statistics.
They are real.
These kids are living proof.
Then we decided
to do something about it.
What truly worked
for our kiddo
was "life enrichment programs".
only opened up the wounds
of the past
and a half a dozen therapists quit
on this painfully shy child
who didn't know how to communicate
and didn't want to focus
on his problems.
was a natural athlete
who never really played sports before.
Connecting him to teams
and youth programs
with good adult role models
was the best therapy!
and what it takes to win.
And then we also put him in a church youth group.
with the loving youth leaders.
His tender soul
and growing in
learning to love again.
We soon realized
all orphans need
to back them up
And to do life
The old saying,
"It takes a village to raise a child."
Does not really exist these days.
Every child wants to belong.
So when they are loved and accepted
it helps to heal their broken hearts.
I am listening to my darling kid
practice piano now.
He is happily making melody in his heart
and in our home.
And we rejoice together.
I hope you will find your way into an orphan's heart.
Share your love.
Share your life.
It's the best eternal investment
you will ever make.
Encouraging & Empowering
Needy Children & Families
With Life Enrichment Support.