“A blog collective sharing raw stories of hope and inspiration from those that are living out their new beginnings post aging out of foster care.”
I am so glad that you have found your way to this space. The Inspiring Hope Collective is being built with the focus on those who have experienced childhood adversities in or out of the foster care system. Through storytelling, interviews and lots of encouragement, the hope is that your soul will find a soft landing spot here. Also that you will feel a bit more understood and cared for.
How to move forward after aging out of foster care.
I personally know the system well, unfortunetly. The trauma that is carried beyond case workers, court visits and being a file number still holds a deep weight in my heart. Having 10 years of space between myself and a broken system, has given me more clarity and healing that I hope this space will facilitate in your own heart. That season of going from foster teen to aged out youth was an ending in my story that launched a beautiful beginning. I learned to find my voice to help create authentic community. I invite you in to bravely search your soul and trust this space to join this collective of storytellers.
With that being said, I have four questions for you.
1- Have you experienced adversity that led to disruptive challenges in your home life?
2- Have you ever struggled to call anything home, because even surrounded by people you still feel alone? It’s okay if the answer is no, share your truth!
3- Any seasons, relationships, dreams, etc that have felt like endings but were actually beginnings?
4- Do you have a story that you think the world should know?
There is purpose and healing in community.
These questions are a bit deep and personal. But I want to be upfront and share that our heart in knowing you is to create the safest and most supporting space. It would be awesome if I could take you all to coffee, hold your hand and make awkward small talk before the REAL stuff. Because big, small, messy, pre or post- redemptive stories are all valid. We are all on this journey of life, and some of us have had more support and tools than others. Some of you have been trudging through all alone and could use a friend to confide in. Maybe you are near the brink of collapse and a spark of hope could re-ignite your will to fight again.
Your pain, stories and authentic selves are not lost on me, and there is so much hope in the together of all of this.
Friend, you are not meant to carry your story alone. Can I invite you to bravely send me a message and start a conversation. What makes your story a unique representation of you? I am willing, ready and holding space in the shadow of reality. Not here to pull anyone into a blinding light of impossible expectations. Just re-introduce a dim warm light of hope into this weary world.
Inspiring Hope Collective
This collective is in partnership with the Non-Profit hopeandvine.org; An employment and mentoring program for aged out young women in Wake Forrest, NC.