Caring for Kids in Foster Care: A Perspective from Scott Brown, P127 Board Member
Scott, how did you first learn about Project 1.27 and what motivated you to get involved?
In 2015, my good friend and business partner, Leif Houkom, Project 1.27 Board Chair, invited me to lunch with Shelly Radic, the Executive Director. As a father of five, I’ve always had a soft spot in my heart for children. I recognize my children had the advantage of growing up with two parents in a comfortable environment where they were supported and nurtured. Learning about the number of children who don’t have that environment, and their need for a supportive, loving family really moved me. The other key for me was learning about the societal cost of kids who end up aging out of foster care and how Project 1.27 families are reducing those costs.
Since coming on the Project 1.27 Board, how have you been involved in caring for kids in foster care?
I became a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) in late 2015 and that opened my eyes to the incredible need of kids in CO foster care. I’m currently a CASA for a 14-year-old boy in Arapahoe County.
What’s surprised you most as you’ve learned more about kids in foster care?
How desperately they need love. How the smallest gestures of love can make such a profound impact on a child’s sense of security. Too many of these kids have no one who truly cares about them. I began serving as a Court Appointed Advocate (CASA) for a teenage boy who is in foster care. A few weeks after we met, I asked him what else I could do to support him. His response, “Could you just call me after school and see how my day went?” Now, we have almost nightly calls. I realize how much these calls mean to him.
You’ve become a voice for kids in foster care by involving family and friends. What are some ways you’ve done that?
I use my voice to educate friends and family about how big the issue is and how incredibly difficult it is for kids in foster care in our country. Most people don’t have any sense of how big the issue is; it’s almost like they put on blinders.
One of the best tools is to invite people to events, like Top Golf and the Fall Comedy Night so they are exposed to Project 1.27 foster and adoptive families and hear their stories. This is really a wonderful way to open their eyes to the needs of foster children and the impact of Project 1.27 and its families.
How does participating in an event like Top Golf make a difference in the life of a kid in foster care?
It raises awareness and inspires others to contribute to the cause. Most people, including myself before joining the Project 1.27 board, think our government has a handle on this issue. They don’t realize how enormous the challenge is. P1.27 is one example of a non-governmental success story that makes an impact. It takes so many resources to make an impact. The more resources, the more impact we can make.
Why do you think it’s important for Christians to find ways to care for kids in foster care?
We’re all put on this earth to accomplish different things, but my perspective is that our Lord expects us to take care of each other. There are few people more vulnerable and needing care than children who don’t have parents or caregivers. I think as Christians, we all have a responsibility to find a way to care for foster children.
What advice would you give to Christians who want to get more involved?
Jump in! There are so many ways to care. Financial support, caregiving as foster and adoptive parents, becoming a CASA or a Mentor. Pray for foster children. Everyone can help.
How can we pray for you?
Pray that Project 1.27 staff and board continue to have an enthusiastic determination to help foster children and the families that serve them.Tags: Blog Newsletters