What is Refugee Foster Care?

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Ok, let’s get to some more fun stuff that you can walk away with. I really want to share with you about the nonprofit we have been spotlighting and where our proceeds go to. This organization is out of San Jose and part of a larger org. named Catholic Charities. They have a lot of different programs all over the United States anywhere from helping the elderly to homeless, to juvenile probation to refugees/immigrants. That’s the category we fall into. Our program and where part of your monies go to is called Refugee Foster Care (RFC). They serve unaccompanied refugee minors (URM) from all over the world.

Did you know that their program has 85% refugees from overseas refugee camps and they are all children.

The other 15% are youth who are asylees, trafficking survivors or other youth placed in foster homes.

They answer the following question so well-

Q.  What’s the difference between a refugee youth and an asylee?

A refugee youth receives their status overseas in a refugee camp. They have left their country and crossed the border into a second country, seeking safety. The United Nations or Office of Refugee Resettlement gives them the status of Refugee. An asylee has entered the country either on a temporary visa or without documentation, and is granted asylum while here in the United States by an immigration judge when it is determined unsafe for them to return home

These are statistics that can be found on their site as well. For more Q&A’s click here.

The youth they get to work with are amazing. I had the privilege of working at that nonprofit for 3yrs where I did social work with independent living students. I loved it, but got burnt out a lot, and now according to the DSM IV burnout is real. I’ll talk more about that in another post. ((Side note: I’ll always try to educate and help you in advocating for anything social work, it’s in my blood #SocialWorker for life)). I am no longer there, but will always continue to Advocate and support those youth in the program. Part of my experiences there led me to opening up this business to incorporate social work in fun meaningful ways to continue my efforts in bringing light and support to our upcoming youth of America.

With the help of our community and anyone who purchases through us we’ve been able to help students and foster youth access resources for school, receive funds for daily living, and obtain books for college etc.. We take pride in giving back to this nonprofit b/c we know exactly  where our funds are going and how it’s helping foster youth.

Check out our coffee chat interviews with RFC staff and learn more about the program

Every purchase through us has an impact and that’s our mission.

We are excited to be doing this and love connecting with other humans; so please reach out to me and I’d be happy to share more!

Til’ next time!

Peace, Love, and Good Vibes


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