Looking to Love: The Story of Charlene Armstead

By Intisar Seraaj Charlene Armstead, a resident of Hueytown, Alabama, was introduced to fostering through her best friend Bernadette Rush, a foster parent for Seraaj Family Homes, Inc. (SFH). Armstead says she was exposed to youth in foster care when visiting Rush’s...

The Nonstop Nurturer: Meet Voncile Jackson Swoopes

Swoopes has been a nurturer since she was a child. She’s the eleventh child of 14. She says she enjoyed having a large family and being surrounded by kids. Swoopes remembers her older siblings being protective of her, just as she was protective of her younger siblings. She recalls her mom and father teaching her and her siblings to always look out for each other, and now she’s doing that for others’ children.

Why We All Need to See the New “The Lion King”

Why We All Need to See the New “The Lion King”

Most of us know by now that The Lion King is based on Shakespeare’s Hamlet and was inspired by the Biblical stories of Joseph and Moses—all men who had their fathers ripped away from them, two orphaned forever and only one reunited with his father. But have you thought about how the story of Simba is also a representation of a foster child’s journey in the foster care system?

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