Below are reflections from SaySo members on how their life would have been different if they had experienced CFT meetings while in foster care, as well as thoughts from those who have attended CFT meetings.
How would your life have been different if you had a CFT meeting?
I would have known that I had an opinion on my life that someone would listen to. —Nicole L.
It would have given me a chance to express what I want and how I feel. Then I wouldn’t have to wonder if people understood where I was coming from. —Kelley T.
I would have felt more comfortable expressing my wants and also would be more willing to do so. —Corae H.
Maybe communication would have been better. I’ve never had the chance of getting or having one. Maybe the tension in the family would have been better. I can’t really say because I’ve never experienced it. —Erica F.
How is your life better because you had a CFT meeting?
With CFT meetings, I was able to advocate for my own goals concerning foster care. In CFT meetings, my social worker, foster mom, biological mom, and others knew I was doing well in my foster home, and I did not have a desire to go home with my dad or mom. CFT meetings give foster youth a way to voice our personal goals and desires concerning foster care in general. —Roman R.
I have had a CFT meeting and I am going to continue to do so. It’s helping me because my support group is growing and helping me reach my goals. —Shaquanda G.
I go to CFT meetings every month. In my CFT meeting, my social worker, therapist, GAL, case worker, house parents, and brother all attend. I like my CFT meetings because they talk to me about my needs. CFT meetings make me feel important and that I matter. I can get my point across. —David R.
I believe my life is better from having CFT meetings because it allowed me to hear all new information about my case and to bring some things to the table. Not only did it allow me to voice my opinion but it allowed me to have a clear understanding of information that appeared a little unclear. —Donisha A.
Because I had a CTF meeting I knew what was going on in my life and what we were working on. It made me feel like I was not left in the dark, and that my “team” wanted to know how I felt and what I wanted to work on. —Jackie D.