I have served as a CASA Advocate for 5 years in San Antonio, Texas. While a volunteer with my 1st case, I was named Volunteer of the Year, 2010-2011. Children & teens in foster care need a Champion, & Mentor to look after their best interest. Until I became involved with Child Advocates San Antonio & served as a Volunteer, I had no idea the struggles the children & teens face in our broken foster care system.
One of my cases had a 13 year old teen girl, who needed braces & medicaid wouln't approve the cost. She was being bullied & made fun of by her peers at school. So, I took to FB & wrote to One Simple Wish & this teen girl got her top braces placed last week! We raised over 5,200.00 for braces & oral surgery.
Making a difference with children & teens that have been abused & neglected should be a priority with our society! Opening a Threads For Teens Boutique for teen girls in foster care will be life changing for the teens! Being able to have the opportunity to "shop" for NEW clothing, shoes, & acc. will build their self-confidence, & empower them. Currently teens sift through donations of used clothing from churches, etc..for their school clothes, jackets, & even socks & underwear.
Our Teen girls deserve more, soon many of the girls will age out of foster care. The NEW clothing can provide an outfit for a job interview, school, or a special dance or prom. We will also have resources available, journals, art kits, & PAL information. I wil serve as a Volunteer Boutique Manager of a Threads For Teens in San Antonio, we will be open by appointment only for the teens.
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