Okay so we all worry. We all worry about our children every day that they will be okay. When we are talking about children with FASD it is a bit harder to make sure that they are safe. We know that they are so much more susceptible to being taken advantage of and so easily led astray. It makes it that much harder to feel safe when they are out in the world. I cannot even count the amount of inquiries I get about what will happen to my child when they are 18. The fact is that most families are so tired by the time their child is 18. They have had to be the external brain for the child for years and have had to deal with systems that are not equipped to care for FASD people. It is pretty easy to know that these families are often too stressed to continue being the only support their child has.
This is where my dream exists. I want to show the system that there are better ways to deal with FASD people than just incarceration. That if we provide supported living environments and help with finding apprenticeship positions for them we can make a difference. We can help them to have a life. To be able to have a positive and healthy life. I want to start with a program to support adults on a ranch. This ranch will teach them a variety of skills. I know this will be hard to do but I am going to continue to pursue this dream until somehow I make it a reality. We cannot continue to allow society to throw our kids away. To just allow them to end up victimized by the systems that do NOT work. We all know that the definition of insanity is trying the same thing over and over and expecting a different outcome. So why is it that the system that says it rehabilitates is doing the same thing when everyone (see all the published data) knows that it is NOT working. Stand up and demand change. We can all help to support change. We may not have the funding but we can lend a voice or offer to support each other in other ways. Each of us together can make a difference. It just depends on if we are willing to even try.