As promised, here’s part 2 of the Foster Teen Quilt Project! If you missed Part 1- here you go!
I wanted to take this time to share some facts about kids in the foster system while I share the four feminine quilts we made.
On any given day, there are approximately 402,000 children in the foster system in the United States.
The City of Alexandria on average has about 100 children in foster care. About half of the children are a part of large sibling groups, almost half are middle –school age or older.
The amount of time a child stays in foster care can vary from as little as a few days to a number of years.
The average time and Alexandria child spends in foster care is one year.
Youth who age out of the foster care system are more likely than their non–foster care peers to be involved with the criminal justice system, have low educational attainment, become pregnant, and experience homelessness.
Foster children attend an average of seven to nine different schools by age 18—80% are held back in school by the third grade. Less than half of foster youth in the nation will graduate from high school and only 2% graduate from college or higher.
Thank you for sharing in this journey. It was a wonderful experience for our moms group & an incredible joy for us to give quilts so freely to these teens.
Lastly, I want to invite you to think about how you can help foster children in your town. Get in touch with a local social worker & chat about how your skills, whatever they are, can help foster kids.
Many thanks to Kathryn Coneway for helping me photograph the quilts & Krystal Fenwick, social worker for the City of Alexandria who provided these facts. And of course, to my mom’s group for coming along on this crazy adventure with me!
Last Friday several ladies from my mom’s group came to my house for a trunk show. Several of the women recently started quilting & had heard I was a quilter & were very interested in seeing my work. So 5 ladies, 7 babies & many cups of tea filled our living room that beautiful morning!
I gathered most of my quilts from various places in the house (closets, quilt racks, boxes, backs of chairs, beds, & cribs) & chose my “favorite” quilts I wanted to chat about.
I knew in planning my talk that I wanted to share more than just the stats about the quilt. I mean, there’s so much more to a quilt than what fabric I used, what pattern I chose & how I quilted it. I wanted to share my story through the quilts & my thoughts on quilting as a hobby or vocation.
It was a wonderful experience to share from my first to my most recent quilt & be able to talk about who I was at the time I made it.
Because, when we create we are invited to learn a new piece about ourselves. And when we continue to create, we are able to remember who we are.
I could go on & on about last line, in fact, I think I will in a bit (I hear Teapot waking up….)
I didn’t get any pics of the trunk show, but after everyone left there was a heap of quilts in the middle of the living room & Teapot took to climbing & hugging the pile. Or actually this pic might have been after all the playing when she was tired (but not too tired to actually nap!)