In November my book club read Until the End of June by Cris Beam. It is an eye-opening look at the foster care system, including history of the laws and organizations that run the system and stories of some of the people involved: birth parents, foster parents, adoptive parents, advocates and influencers, and kids. There are so many challenges with foster care, even in best-case scenarios. When my husband and I were making some end-of-year donations, I felt driven to help, albeit in a very small way, a group that’s working at the beginning of the slippery slope towards foster care. To me that means helping parents facing addiction, ideally as early as pregnancy.
Through Charity Navigator (charitynavigator.org) I found the Susan B Anthony Recovery Center. They get great ratings and their mission fits exactly into what my book club read made me feel were the most valuable moments and goals to focus on. (“Our ultimate goals are the removal of barriers for women entering addiction treatment, the prevention of foster care placement for their children, and an end to the cycle of addiction and abuse for families.”) It was an extra bonus for me, personally, that this organization was in Florida; a dear friend of mine grew up in Florida suffering with family addiction and abuse.I’ll be following along with the Center’s work now that I’ve learned about them and their important cause.