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Monday, May 2, 2016

Jeremiah's Journey

We Were You Foundation have known Jeremiah for over a year. Jeremiah has been following We Were You through our social media pages. I read his life story and I beleived that his story would help my adoptive daughter with the things that she was experiencing in her life, from that point on our relationship has been an extrodinary life's journey.

Jeremiah came to America at age 4 and was with his mother, older brother, and father. He Left his abusive father at age 7 then went from living in a car to sleeping in gas station restrooms to 6 homeless shelters, 2 women's shelters, 5 foster homes, 3 orphanages & attending 8 schools.

Jeremiah has lived to see what he thought that was never promised to him due to his treacherous journey of graduating with his Bachelors from OSU.

Jeremiah is facing while celebrating his highest milestone achievement of not having a place to live, not having food, and not having transportation. He is fighting not to go back to the treacherous way of living of bouncing from home to home, highway to highway, park to park, and side walks to side walks. Please help us while he is going through stages of his life to find a great prominent job with excellent benefits where is he able to have stability by being a blessing through monetary donations to get him to the beginning of adulthood.

The monetary donations will be used for  adequate transportation and/or a donation of a vehicle for Jeremiah. Everyone has a sad story but everyone has not lived a life of Jeremiah. So have a heart and allow your donations to be bountiful blessing to this extraordinary young man.

We Were You would like to take this opportunity to thank you in advance for your sincere and generous donations.

https://gofundme.com/JeremiahJourney


Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Warm Hearts Jackets & Sweaters Donations Drive/Presentations

When we adopted my two daughters from a children's shelter, not only were the girls presented to me with trashbags for suitcases but also no jacket or sweater. When asked if they had a sweater (we were on our way to dinner to celebrate our first night as a family) the girls responded by saying there were jackets at the shelter but all the kids were sharing the few that were there. Before dinner, I stopped by the Wal-Mart to buy the girls something warm for the restaurant. Not only were Emily and Angela excited about not having to share the sweaters but were more excited that the sweaters were brand new. Just for them. 
We are trying to put the same smile on the faces of the children in group homes, and children shelters to be presented to them in December.

The Donation Drives were held on September 5, October 3, and November 7 for our We Were You Presents Warm Hearts Jacket & Sweater drop off rally where you can drop off a new jacket or sweater for boys and girls sizes infant to XL.




v  On January 17, 2016 We Were You donated 136 sweaters, jackets, toys, books, crayons, fleece, and duffle bags to the Children’s Home Society of South Florida.

No Child Deserves a Trash Bag.....

Sweet Cases Donations was held on January 28, 2015, where the We Were You Foundation, Inc. donated 5 sweet cases to foster children at the Chapman North Early Head Start/ Head Start. Each bag had books, crayons, coloring books, fleece, phonics activity, hygiene products , and teddy bears. Each bag was personalized with each child's name on the bag. #nomoretrashbags
    

On Februrary 12, 2015, We Were You Foundation, Inc.  donated 10 sweet cases to Family Resource Center. Each bag had books, crayons, coloring books, fleece, phonics activity, hygiene products , and teddy bears. Each bag was personalized with each child's name on the bag. 

Monday, April 11, 2016

Uplifting Words from my Earthly Angel A.S.

I hope everyone is doing fine.... Sorry that I've been away for so long. A lot of things have transpired since the last time I blogged. Some were good and some were devastating. Regardless of the issue it was a learning experience for all of us...



At times I didn't know if I was coming or going and I would reach out to my dearest friend Alan whom I met on twitter who was also a foster child. He understood my daughters and was able to help me understand them. He has really made this adoptive parent transition a lot easier. He makes me think outside of the box and to look from the view of my daughters and where they came from and How I can help them through love and patience.  I wanted to share with you all on the things that he shared with me that has helped me in my troubling times as an adoptive parent and troubling times for my daughters. These quotes and encouragements has made us stronger.



Me (April 2015)
Mr. Alan,

This is Vanessa from We Were You and I just want to thank you for allowing me to contact you concerning my daughters. First I want to give you a brief background on my daughters and I. I met my daughters and their 4 other siblings at my school. I was one of my daughters teachers for two years. When we found out that they were the last two siblings in foster care that was not adopted my husband and I decided to adopt them. They are in constant contact with their other siblings.

My issue is with my daughters we are still going through the rejection stages they know that we love them but they won't allow us to love them they still have walls up. They act up in school so bad that their teachers has requested to conduct an IEP on them. One teacher stated that when the oldest child comes to school she has to ask her who are you today are you "Sarah" ? This just hurts my heart because this other person is starting to take over her only at school. So now they want to do a psycho evaluation on her. The state has stopped their therapy sessions and all due to financial issues so they say....
 
Some days I just don't know if I'm coming and going.... I try to help them as much as I can but I don't know how to deal with their emotional issues. I'm going to stop here because I'm beginning to cry because I just want the best for my daughters 
 
Alan (April 2015)
ok, first of all, you are doing what you can to protect them, but in order for them to realize that they are ok you have to show them not tell them.  Their teachers need to empower them not discipline them.  Discipline only gets them the energy they are used to and that is what needs to change.  You have to love them through the acting out, they have had people leave them and so it hurts them so deeply they have developed a sense of self that is in such pain.  You need to love them through them pushing and pushing and pushing. 



When they act this way you need to say things like I love you and if you need or want my attention I am right here and whether you like it or not I will be here always for you. It is easier for them to try to push you away before you can leave them even though you won't they don't believe that yet!  Trust through it all is what needs to be built one baby step at a time.  Talk to them, ask them what they need, what they want and how you can go about helping them find it.  Open, honest, thoughtful communication and acting on your love will help you all get through this. Always talk with them and allow them to be open with you and I promise you things will change.  Just don't give up on them.  the ones toughest to love are the ones that need it the most.



And the most important thing is not to take their feelings personally.  They have built these painful reflexes long before you decided to love them



It takes 30 days to form a habit and a lifetime to overcome it.



We need to overcome our past selves that were broken by others so we can rebuild from the foundation of our true SOULS.



Alan (June 2015)
How's things?



Me

Well on Wednesday the oldest one had to leave summer camp due to her out of control behavior but after that day she's been ok.... The youngest also got in trouble on Friday from summer camp



Alan
ok, a tough transition for sure. It is never easy to do new things without the people you trust near you... But through all these struggles let the light shine on you all... For it is in these moments that you find your true strengths!



Me
Wow love how you said that......... Thank you so much for thinking and caring about us big brother....
 
Alan
it lives in you so share it boldly with each other and then the world...


Let's fast forward to April 2016.... My daughters have accomplished so much since last year...


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-Vanessa


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Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Adoptive Parents needs HELP just as much as Foster Parents......

When we live in silent pain we become slave to that pain out of fear. But perfect Love gets rid of all fear. And when we give voice to  the truth no matter what it is, God's response is always the same, freedom. I am believing help is on the way. Are there any licensed therapists, clinicians, social workers, who are willing to volunteer their services? Can you point me in the right direction?

My daughters needs help and so do I. My daughters services has stopped for good but in their adoption documents they are to have unlimited therapy sessions, unlimited tutoring services, and extra curriculum activities until they turn 18 years of age. My daughters are 9 and 11 and their services has already stopped. I am in desperate need of help. My daughters deserves their services to be reinstated and I too need help on how to deal and cope with their issues that has been overwhelming for my family and I due to the fact we do not know how to go about when they have their episodes. We will not only fight for our daughters but we are fighting for all adoptive parents that are going through the same issues that we are going through.

http://youtu.be/Im-_Z7l_Nto

Thursday, October 23, 2014

NO CHILD DESERVES TRASH BAGS!!!!!

From Trash Bags to Suitcases............ Let's Change the Way Our Foster Children moves from Home to Home





Foster kids don't deserve trash bags. Help buy them a suitcase. We Were You Foundation, Inc wants to provide 15 Sweet Cases to a foster children agency in Miami, Florida, to do this we will need to raise $375.00. Remember parenting a child is a matter of the heart. Not a matter of bloodline. Thank you for your support and donation......... Please share the link below :)

P.S. In order to make your donation you must click on the link......



togetherwerise.org/fundraise/WeWereYouFoundationInc