When you’re a teen in care, you don’t always know where to go for help. Sometimes you’re moving around to different foster homes, and life can be a bit crazy. Settling in with a new family, going to a new school, trying to make friends all over again, can be overwhelming. So it’s super important to have the right support system in place.
As kids in care, it’s sorta up to us to do this. We can’t always rely on others to create and maintain the strong support systems that will get us through tough times. The first thing to do is get a hold of your social worker and have a conversation about what supports are out there. What groups or meetings or services that you can take advantage of.
Sometimes foster kids don’t always feel comfortable talking to their social worker; some of us have definitely had negative experiences. You can try talking to your foster parent, or a teacher at school that you like. If you don’t feel like you can talk to anyone, you can try the Internet: websites like the Ministry of Child and Family Services or the Adoptive Families Association of BC have a bunch of resources and information.
There are also personal support systems, like your friends, neighbours, family members, and other people from government organizations. You might be shy or scared to ask for help, but don’t be: if you don’t ask, you won’t be able to get any help.
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