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February Foster Parent of the Month!

February Prize Patrol Winners with Meritan Foster Care Staff!

February Prize Patrol Winners with Meritan Foster Care Staff!

Foster Care Parent of the Month was created to recognize foster parents for their dedication in working with any foster youth that enters their home. A prize patrol parent is chosen monthly to represent each month of the year. Foster Care of the Month was initiated in September 2017.

Meritan February Foster Care Parents of the Month Winners! Congratulations!

Meritan February Foster Care Parents of the Month Winners! Congratulations!

During the fourth staff meeting of every month, the TN Foster Care staff recommends 3 foster parents who have met the criteria of being the Foster Care Parent of the Month. In order to be chosen, there must be proof that the foster parent met the criteria for 4 consecutive months.

The criteria is:

  • Submission of timely documentation 
  • Completion of ongoing training 
  • Successful collaboration with Meritan, DCS, and other Involved Adults, 
  • Active participation and 
  • Transportation to any form of appointments, family visits, and school visits.

The responsible foster care staff makes sure that all psychological, social, and educational needs have been met. Once the Foster Care Parent of the Month is chosen, a surprise visit to the home with as many foster care staff as possible, is conducted. The foster parent is presented with a gift basket with a card signed by the foster care staff and sweet treats. 

Congratulations to our February Foster Care Parents of the Month winners!

Q and A about our Foster Care Parents of the Month winners, the Wardlows.

Where are the foster parents from? The foster parents are from Tennessee.

Interesting Facts? The foster parents are very involved with any child placed in their home socially and educationally. The Wardlow's provide ongoing support in every aspect to each foster youth. 


What made you choose them to win? The TN foster care staff selected the Wardlow's as the Foster Care Parents of the Month for February based on their hard work and dedication in fostering. They met the necessary criteria to be chosen as the Foster Care Parents of the Month!

Posted on March 7, 2018 and filed under Foster Care.

Markitta's Story - My Life: Transcendence through Foster Care

My name is Markitta Washington, and I'm a former ward of the state of Mississippi. I am currently majoring in the field of social work at Jackson State University in Jackson, Mississippi. In my eyes, I have made tremendous strides to become something more than just another statistic. I wanted to be more than that. I made it my mission to graduate high school and I will do the same for college. I did not want to use the excuse of being a "foster kid" to hinder my success. I didn’t use the fact that I was in foster care as a crutch. Instead, I used it as a stair step. I took advantage of each and everything that the foster care system gave me.

My placement in foster care was not an easy one. I did not show it on the outside, but on the inside I was battling with my emotions. I came from an abusive home and put all the blame on myself. I am the oldest of three children, and it was my job to take care of my younger brothers. My birth mother had hallucinations where she did not know where she was or who we were. This resulted in bruises and battered behinds. I was the shield for my siblings, and it broke my heart when I was separated from them during the process of being placed in state custody. I thought that if I didn't tell the authorities about the physical and sexual abuse, I would’ve still been able to protect them. But if I hadn’t notified the proper people about my situation, I would not be where I am today.

Foster care gave me a chance to discover myself. I did not have a chance to be a child in my mother's household. I was too busy taking care of my brothers to ever focus on myself. In foster care, I was given a chance to love myself and to think about me. I was surrounded by love in this new environment. From my foster parents to my social workers, I was spoiled with attention. I never had this kind of attention growing up. I blossomed under this special devotion, and I went from being shy and meek to being outgoing and bubbly. I am happy, and you can tell this by the glow on my skin. I have never had this much love envelope me. It was foreign to me at first, but I’ve gotten used to it.

When I was younger, I used to hear all kinds of horror stories about foster homes. Luckily, I was placed into a loving home, a home that dispelled all the rumors I had heard. I was treated like family. My foster parents welcomed me with open arms, and I thank God every single day to have been blessed with this wonderful family. I have been with my foster family for seven years, and I’ve joked with them that they haven’t kicked me out yet! Even after my emancipation from the state, my foster parents still hold me near and dear. Eight years ago I would have never dreamed of this outcome.

Eight years ago, when I entered the foster care system, I did not see a bright future for myself. Eight years ago, I also could not have seen myself graduating from high school or attending college. Eight years ago, I could not have envisioned myself as the young lady I am today. Because of foster care, I thank my lucky stars for the chance to restart my life for the better.

 

Posted on June 15, 2016 and filed under Foster Care.