Adoption Day Room Make Over

Adoption Day Room Make Over

From Erin Laney

I am raising money for my mentee's adoption day! I hope to make her adoption day amazing by giving her room a makeover and making her forever home the best place ever! I believe even the smallest donations help!

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13 days ago

I have 10% of my goal, which is awesome! Thank you to everyone for your support! It is one step closer to making this girl's adoption day the best day ever!!

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Before entering into foster care, children experience an extreme amount of trauma and are removed from their homes for reasons of abuse or neglect. Children who have been in the foster care system are seven times more likely to experience depression, six times more likely to exhibit behavioral problems, and five times as likely to feel anxiety. Many kids in the foster care system do not experience the normalcy of life that many children experience. Such as participating in extracurricular activities, hanging out with friends, participating in fun activities, going on vacation, having a cute room, or having consistent people in their life. Most children in foster care have lower rates of resiliency. Resiliency means the child's ability to handle adverse situations and cope with their emotions. Two factors that can build resiliency are having one consistent and supportive adult in their life and experiencing normalcy.

Understanding how crucial it is to a kid's well-being to have one consistent and supportive adult in their life, I decided to become a mentor for a kid in foster care. The first day I met my mentee, she was 13 and kind of shy. However, that shyness only lasted .2 seconds. In the first few months of mentoring her, we developed a close relationship. We would spend time talking about boys, her friends, and her thoughts.  We have developed inside jokes, and she has become like a younger sibling to me. If anything were to happen to her, I would be devasted.

About sixth months into mentoring her, I got a text message from her foster home saying they were no longer going to keep my mentee in their home and that she would be going to a temporary placement for the next week. I remember feeling devastated and breaking into tears when I read that message. I could only imagine the rejection and the pain my mentee was feeling. I was angry. However, my mentee did not let this break her. It was hard for her, of course, but she did not let it break her down. Over the next week, our relationship developed into a deeper connection, as I was the only consistent factor in her life. This is when I realized how strong and caring my mentee is. While this was happening, she had a friend that my friend mentored, and I knew, who had run away. Through all of the crap that my mentee was getting handed in a week, she still found it in herself to make sure her friend was okay. 

All of this so far has been kind of depressing, but here is the good part. My mentee got placed in the most extraordinary home. She is thriving in her home! She is making good grades, is involved in extracurricular activities, has a good group of friends, and is obedient. Her foster parents now absolutely love and adore her, and next month they will be adopting her. My mentee has spent six years in the system, and next month, she will have a permanent family. Woohooo!!

Sadly, the family will not be able to go to the courthouse for the adoption day because of COVID. Thus her family and I are working hard to make this day extra special for her, and what better way to do this than giving her room a complete makeover? Making her room in her forever home the best place ever.

I will be using the money to buy two of everything (my mentee shares a room with her sister). I will pretty much be starting from scratch, so I need bed frames, bedding, dressers, décor, rugs, paint, shelves, and anything else that would go into redoing an entire room.

A few days before my mentee gets adopted, my family and I will go to her house and give her room the ultimate makeover, thanks to your support.

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Erin Laney posted a new update:
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I have 10% of my goal, which is awesome! Thank you to everyone for your support! It is one step closer to making this girl's adoption day the best day ever!!

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Erin Laney posted a new update:
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Thank you to everyone who has already donated!! Can only hope for more! I cannot post pictures of my mentee now, but I will as soon as she is adopted!

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