Foster kids are sometimes known as “backpack kids” or “garbage bag kids”, as they go from home to home with all their belongings in a single bag. Artist Bridget Moore created this image to emphasize the difficulties associated with being a child in the foster care system. Often, all of your belongings can fit into one bag, as you may frequently and suddenly have to move to a new home. This can have many negative consequences on the mental and emotional stability of these children, and cause them to react in various ways. It is important to have empathy for these children and attempt to give them a chance to overcome this disharmony that they had no say in creating.
Artist: Bridget Moore
On any given day there is an average of over 440,000 children in foster care in the United States alone. These children, if not placed in a forever home, are at an increased risk of adult homelessness, unemployment, and incarceration. (Children’s Rights)
There are many ways to help foster children, even without becoming a foster parent yourself. Some of these include: making donations to various foster organizations, like the Child Welfare PAC, volunteering for a program like Big Brothers & Sisters, or even becoming a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA), which is a volunteer position that can speak on a child’s behalf in legal proceedings. (Adoption.com)
Question: How difficult would it be for you to live out of a single backpack? Which items would you struggle to live without?
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