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Sunday, October 28, 2007

The Power of Shared Experiences

What do foster care alumni over the age of 23 have to offer young people who are in, or who have recently emancipated from the foster care system?

Consider this analogy: A man is walking down the street and he falls into a deep hole.

A priest walks by and he yells up for help. The priest offers to say a prayer for the guy in the hole and walks away. An executive walks by and throws a dollar down the hole. A doctor walks by and drops a prescription in the hold.

Finally, a friend walks by and jumps into the hole with his friend.

The first man, in shock, asks, "What did you do that for, Are you nuts?!?! Now we're both stuck down here!"

The friend replies "Yes, but I've been down here before and I know the way out."

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