By Sarah Hinkes
“A child is not a product, watches, cars, but not children” This is a quote from Jay Paul Deratany… the screen writer and visionary of the veiled story of Foster Boy. Yes I could tell you that you are about to open your eyes to the 100,000 or so kids that are subjected to an institution that they trust to be their forever home. I could also tell you about the angels that live their entire lives to make sure that this dream becomes their reality.
“To win you got play the game” this is a direct quote from one man who has to live this “Nightmare which is my new dream” for the first several years of his life.
The event itself was inspirational to say the least. It was shown at the Pritzer Military Museum and Library.
As I walked in I was enveloped by the example of our fallen hero’s that fought for our freedom. “Semper Paratus” Always ready. As brave as one may feel walking through the halls of fallen hero’s. It’s just not the same thing as a social worker who prefers to be anonymous “I look at my own experience as a foster mom and all I can advise those that are, is this. Yes, it’s tough at first, but then, if you are lucky, you are loved forever” So, as a participant of this extraordinary telling of truth, trust, and hope. As a woman who literally shed a tear or two, this story of raw and honest verse, taught all of us a lesson or two. Whether you are bravely battling the front line of our education system, or a mom waking up day 1 to meeting the love that your heart beats with, know this. Children in our society young and old have a voice, sometimes it’s tucked away, but when it’s heard, and when they yell loud and clear “it ain’t about the money” know that at that moment you are hearing their silence and you are empowered to be their voice. If you are anything like me, you reach out to organizations like One Hope United, who are available to do nothing but listen!
Photographer Credits: Peter Staudinger