Training for Osceola County foster parents – April , 2014
Tonight I had the pleasure of speaking to a wonderful group of foster parents at Osceola’s Children’s Home Society in Kissimmee, Florida. What a caring and dedicated group of people they are!
I felt so blessed to share my story with them and review important warning signs/grooming behaviors to understand. Kids in the foster care system can sometimes be at risk for falling prey to predators who seek vulnerable victims. We engaged in some nice discussion about how to talk to children of varying ages about safe touch, what grooming really looks like, and what to do if suspicions arise. My hope is that each parent walked away with an increased sense of awareness of the prevalence of educator sexual abuse as well as some new strategies for keeping their children safe.
As I drove home, I found myself smiling. I feel surrounded by blessings these days. My divine purpose has been shown to me, and each time I have an opportunity to share my story, I know in my heart that I am exactly where I was meant to be all along. I will never, ever take that for granted.
Hug your kids tonight. Talk with them about everything. Don’t be afraid. If you need help finding the words, contact me – I’d love to help.