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Can Fostering Replace Mothering?

Wednesday, April 27, 2016 | Permalink

Letty needs some help. Her parents took care of her kids for years, but they have moved away. Now Letty has to figure out the duties of motherhood. Foster care is one of her options.

The subject of foster care is not new to Vanessa Diffenbaugh, who created the character of Letty in We Never Asked for Wings. When she writes about children and parents in peril, she is writing from experience. She is the mother of two children who came from the foster care system. 

Diffenbaugh founded The Camellia Network, which morphed into Youth Villages, an organization for kids who have aged out of foster care. She has seen the struggles of parents and their children, and she knows that sometimes the best option for everyone in a family is separation.

Letty is not always a good mother, and that makes her situation fodder for conversation. At our May meeting, we’ll talk about Letty’s fictitious life, knowing her fictitious life parallels real many real moms. Was she right to keep her kids, even when doing so put them in danger? Would she or her children have benefitted from placement in foster care?

We will cover these questions, and more, when we discuss We Never Asked for Wings. Join us at one of two meetings on May 10. Reserve your space for 2 p.m. or 6 p.m.

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