Nonprofit Makes Video Profiles Of Foster Children

A non-profit agency is hoping to help foster children get the positive endorsement they usually lack.

Meghan Rivard June 23, 2017
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Children in foster care who are eligible for adoption typically don’t get the recognition or positive endorsements that would help in their adoption. A non-profit agency is hoping to help fix that through The Reel Hope Project, started by Kaycee Stanley. Individuals travel to different churches in Minnesota and show two-minute videos of children in foster care, in hopes of finding their forever family. Pete Stanley, a member of the Reel Hope Project, said, “The videos do something that a sheet of paper can’t do…when you show them laugh and smile, their fun side, it’s a total game changer.”

In addition to showing the videos, they also advocate for a strong support system. For every  family who adopts a child, they want five other families in the community to help support them. It really does take a village to raise a child.

They want the children to be seen as “people instead of a case file.” Just looking at a sheet of paper, such as the child’s referral, does not have the impact that a video would. Also, the referral may be incorrect, outdated, or have misleading information. These videos will hopefully provide “living and positive” characteristics of the child which a paper referral alone does not achieve.

To watch the video, click here.

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Meghan Rivard

Meghan is an adoptive mother and a big advocate of adoption and foster care. She resides in Indiana with her husband, their one-year-old daughter who is the center of their lives, and their dog Max. She has a Bachelor's and Master’s Degree in Social Work. Meghan stays at home with her daughter but is so happy she found this outlet to share her personal adoption story and educate about adoption!

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