In the nation, Washington state ranks 25th in child homelessness. Over the last few weeks there’s been a lot of talk about the recent shooting at The Jungle, an unsanctioned encampment that spans from the SODO area into Georgetown.
The first thought that came to mind when I heard “you’re going into foster care,” was that I was going to jail.
I was only eight years old, and I recall feeling guilty — I was a bad kid, I missed school on purpose, I didn’t eat vegetables when I was told to. Then I remembered my siblings. What would happen to them?
Dear Friends and Allies,
It is my great privilege to write my first Mockingbird Times letter from the editor. These past six weeks have held many inspiring firsts for me. I have had the honor of stepping into the role of Executive Director and getting to know many of the incredible people who make our work at The Mockingbird Society possible, including staff, board members, youth advocates from across the state, foster parents, and many of our partners and supporters.
All around Seattle there are wonderful places that allow families to bond and make new amazing memories. Personally, Seattle has always been my escape. During my time in foster care I never truly knew when things were going to change or stay the same. It was great for me to be able to go to these places and create lasting memories that I will always carry with me. Some of my favorite places are the Gum Wall or Pike Place Market, the Pier, and the Olympic Sculpture Park.
One of the first questions that needs to be asked is, how much has homelessness increased? And what have the City and King County done to fix the issue? According to the 2016 Annual One Night Count, 2,942 people were recorded as living unsheltered in Seattle...
It’s been two years since I went to my first Mockingbird meeting. I know I wouldn’t actually be here today if I hadn’t decided to give it another shot. Two years ago I was painfully shy and really against trying new things. I had just moved to Yakima from Prosser and had not only switched families and schools, but also Independent Living Skills (ILS) trainers.
“What is your favorite advocacy-related memory from the 2015-2016 advocacy cycle?”
“Our favorite memory from this year was seeing our youngest sister join The Mockingbird Society,
attend Summit, and the last two Youth Advocacy Days. A favorite moment was watching her speak
at Summit. It was her first public speaking opportunity and she did great! We are so proud to
watch her grow into a strong advocate.”— Everett Chapter members, Jil Nance and Eden Hottman-Nance