Vol. 13, No. 2 May 2009
Moving Ahead—and Growing!—in Uncertain Times
“In our hands lies the ability to shape our world for good or for ill.” —President Barack Obama
Times are tough. Our country faces a severe economic crisis. Our confidence in banks and other key institutions is shaken. Businesses and government agencies are making drastic cuts. Families worry about losing their jobs, their homes. Many feel afraid.
As a child welfare professional or a foster, adoptive, or kinship parent, you probably wonder what will happen to you, your agency, and your community. You are not wrong to wonder: the future is unsure.
Before you panic, however, please remember that uncertainty is not new to you. As someone committed to helping families and children in crisis, you already know a lot about living with risk. Chances are, you also know from personal experience that wonderful things can come out of turmoil.
There is a relationship between struggle and success, uncertainty and growth. This issue of Fostering Perspectives celebrates this fact. In its pages you will have an opportunity to hear from:
Ultimately, we hope this issue will confirm for you that there is nothing more natural than moving ahead—and growing!—during uncertain times.
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