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05/12/2021

I referred to them as ‘Unlucky #14’ when we first met. They smiled politely & I wondered if anyone had told them what they were getting themselves in to; unlike the thirteen families I had lived with before that didn’t last long.

My first week there, I remember kicking a hole in my bedroom wall on purpose to see how mad they would get. & when they didn’t, I asked that they fix it. My foster dad brought me to the hardware store & showed me which aisle to get the putty from. He said he’d help me fix it, but I had to pay the $7 dollars for the supplies. I refused. He drove me home & I moved my dresser in front of the hole. I thought they were being unfair & cheap.

When they found out I stole makeup from the store, my foster mom drove me back up there & walked me in to return all of it & apologize. That was embarrassing. They were jerks.

When I got caught smoking with my friend in my closet, they took the pack of ci******es & the lighter & walked out of my room. I heard them on speaker phone with the caseworker so I started packing up my clothes. & when my foster parents came back in, they gave me a lecture about the dangers of smoking & told me I was couldn’t have friends over for two weeks. I thought they were overbearing & controlling.

I skipped school, I lied, stole some more & I didn’t even feel bad when I saw my foster mom crying in the backyard after I had cussed her out again. I hated her.

Every time I did something wrong, all I wanted was to move out & start my life over again like I had done in every other foster home I lived in—clean slate, where no one knew me. At the time, I felt like this family was holding me captive by not turning in their notice; but My caseworker told me if I left, I would probably end up in a group home for teenage girls which would be even worse. So I stayed.

When I was 18, I moved out to live on my own. I wanted so badly to get out. I told them I’d never speak to them again, but I did need help moving. They did. I thought they were probably happy I was leaving.

Sitting in the car about to finally be on to my new life, I asked my foster mom why they never moved me after I purposely did all of those things to them.

It’s been almost six years & I will never forget the simple answer she gave me in between sips of her coffee.

“We don’t just give up on our kids. So we won’t give up on you.”

She had just said “she won’t”. As in future tense. & the day that I moved out was the day I finally realized I had belonged somewhere.

The hole in my bedroom wall is still there & on occasions my dad will jokingly ask me if I have that $7 to fix it. I haven’t made my mom cry again besides last year when I told her she was going to be a Grammy!

Like many foster youth, I set out to destroy myself & it almost happened. When I couldn’t see my future on the other side of all the trauma I had endured, #14 chose to.

@LanaGonzales
Former foster youth
#FosterCare #YourStoryMatters #NationalFosterCareAwarenessMonth

Hey friends!! We bought all the things on Black Friday… Hopefully now today we can support on giving Tuesday! There are ...
12/01/2020

Hey friends!! We bought all the things on Black Friday… Hopefully now today we can support on giving Tuesday! There are hundreds of kids in foster care right here in this area that One27 supports and is currently in the process of buying Christmas presents for. Please message us on how we can get involved and give today!

11/09/2020
Seven Cities Church

We were so honored to share our Mission with Seven Cities Church!!! We can’t thank them enough for the opportunity to bring awareness to our heartbeat ❤️

Join us at 6pm for a special premiere on Orphan Sunday. In our time together we want to tell you all about Orphan Sunday, how you can be involved at Seven CIties and some opportunites to be partner within the Seven Cities.

It’s that time of year!!!! Although we are so sad to say that we won’t be able to hold our event, we won’t let that stop...
11/05/2020

It’s that time of year!!!! Although we are so sad to say that we won’t be able to hold our event, we won’t let that stop us from bringing joy(and presents!) to kids this season! We would be so thankful if you could donate towards the purchase of toys, donate gift cards, or buy items specifically requested from the kiddos themselves. Please help us brighten this season for kids who need it now more than ever ❤️

08/26/2020
Christian Alliance for Orphans

Christian Alliance for Orphans

ATTENTION PARENTS!

We’ve EXPANDED our Small Matters content to equip and encourage YOU!

Join a day full of focused interactive intensives designed to strengthen families to love vulnerable children well in the season ahead. Either individually or as a team, there is something here for you! Dive into one track or pick-and-choose your sessions. Full two-day virtual conference starts at only $29.

Foster the Family
05/16/2020

Foster the Family

The foster system is broken. All the more reason for Christians to engage it.

Follow our adventures in family + foster care: www.instagram.com/fosterthefamilyblog

Rona won’t hold us down! Today we had the privilege of being interviewed by Gray Goat Creative over on Instagram. We got...
05/08/2020

Rona won’t hold us down! Today we had the privilege of being interviewed by Gray Goat Creative over on Instagram. We got to share our mission and how YOU can get involved! Hop on over and check it out at @graygoatcreativeco_ or check for the link on our page!

One27 Initiative provides Bags of Hope to children entering the foster system, so their suitcase is NOT a trash bag! Ple...
05/05/2020

One27 Initiative provides Bags of Hope to children entering the foster system, so their suitcase is NOT a trash bag!

Please consider helping us be ready for an unfortunate HIGH increase of kiddos entering into care by sponsoring a Bag of Hope. Each bag is gender and age specific, including toiletries, clothing, a journal, and a comfort item. $25 can make a tremendous difference in the lives of these children!

Donate here: https://www.givelify.com/givenow/1.0/NDE5MTA=/selection

#givelocal #lovelocal #fostercare #fosterlove #community #bagsofhope #hamptonroads #norfolk #suffolk #notforgotten #givingtuesdaynow

At the Birch Tree: A Foster Family’s Journey
04/28/2020

At the Birch Tree: A Foster Family’s Journey

I was able to walk through the grocery store this morning.

I found myself passing the toilet paper aisle, which is completely stocked now.

I currently have enough toilet paper for my family.

Yet I still stopped and almost turned my cart down that aisle to buy more.

Why?

Because just last week and the several weeks before that those shelves were stripped bare when we were out of toilet paper.

Even though I do not need toilet paper, something inside me still felt an irrational need to go grab a package off the shelf, just in case.

Have you felt that urge with something in particular during our country’s shut downs?

Now, what if you had been deprived of basic needs?

Food, for example, withheld from you?

Can you imagine how your body might react to seeing food? How you might want to take what you can, eat as much, and store away as much as possible?

Most of us have experienced only a small piece of what many of our foster children have lived.

During these last few weeks most of us were still not deprived of basic human necessities, only luxuries, yet none of us will ever look at the toilet paper aisle the same way the rest of our lives.

So the next time you encounter a foster child who acts out or does something irrational or unexplainable to you, try to remember the toilet paper shortage of 2020 and understand they are acting from a survival part of their brain that they can’t explain.

For more of our fostering journey, follow us at https://facebook.com/dianesaghi and https://instagram.com/at_thebirchtree

Some amazing seniors at Deep Creek High School decided that they wanted to do something for foster kids this holiday se...
12/18/2019

Some amazing seniors at Deep Creek High School decided that they wanted to do something for foster kids this holiday season! Thank you guys so much for your hearts to give!

WE LOVE CHRISTMAS!!! 🎄❤️🎄Last weekend we got to love on the foster kiddos and foster families...now next week we get to ...
12/12/2019

WE LOVE CHRISTMAS!!! 🎄❤️🎄
Last weekend we got to love on the foster kiddos and foster families...now next week we get to love on the social workers who serve them!
Would you be willing to donate gift cards and/or giveaway items?? We (and they) would be ever so grateful!!

We are a week out and couldn’t be more excited!!! Please share and help if you can ❤️
12/02/2019

We are a week out and couldn’t be more excited!!! Please share and help if you can ❤️

Thank you to LPS for your generous donation. You’re helping make Winterfest possible and we couldn’t be more thankful!
11/15/2019

Thank you to LPS for your generous donation. You’re helping make Winterfest possible and we couldn’t be more thankful!

Would you consider helping us make this amazing event possible for foster children in the area? We can’t thank you enoug...
11/12/2019

Would you consider helping us make this amazing event possible for foster children in the area? We can’t thank you enough for your support!

Real Life Foster Mom
11/08/2019

Real Life Foster Mom

“I don’t know how you do it, love them, take care of them & then watch them leave, I couldn’t do it.”

Listen, I know he won’t be here long & I know when he leaves, i’ll end up with a broken heart...again; but here’s the truth, when we choose to do what God has called us to, we aren’t choosing the ‘easy’. We’re choosing to be His hands & feet—to walk alongside broken families, through a broken system.

& no, it’s never easy for me knowing all this hard work might bear fruit for his future that I may never get to see; but I make the choice to get up everyday & do it. Even through the unimaginable hurt, I choose to give away my time, my love & myself. I choose sleepless nights, too many appointments, paperwork & trauma. I choose all of this expecting nothing in return because I can’t imagine what would happen if nobody stood on the front-line, hand in hand with these children; defending them, loving them, fearlessly fighting for them.

So if you’re wondering “if you could ever”—I promise, you can.

If Jesus is calling you to walk through this broken, uncomfortable but totally worth it life—maybe it’s time for you to take the next step. Expect Him to lead you, comfort you & use you in ways you can’t even imagine.

As for me, I’ve loved a child, watched them leave & I survived. I am a foster parent.
#ThisIsFosterCare #StandingOnTheFrontLine

HERE IT IS!!Missed us on tv? That’s okay! Check out this link and you won’t have missed a thing! Go to the 14:00 mark to...
11/02/2019
700 Club Interactive - October 31, 2019

HERE IT IS!!
Missed us on tv? That’s okay! Check out this link and you won’t have missed a thing! Go to the 14:00 mark to see what One27 is all about!
#getinvolved #fostercare #one27

https://www1.cbn.com/video/700clubinteractive/2019/10/31/700-club-interactive-october-31-2019

When a child is removed from their home and put into foster care their items are usually thrown into a trash bag. See how “Bags of Hope” are changing the foster care system, one bag at a time and providing hope in the lives of children during their darkest moments.

Wishing everyone a safe and Happy Halloween! Have fun out there!
10/31/2019

Wishing everyone a safe and Happy Halloween! Have fun out there!

That’s a wrap! Be sure to tune in/set your DVRs to ABC’s Freeform at 9:30am EST tomorrow morning! #soexciting #fostercar...
10/31/2019

That’s a wrap! Be sure to tune in/set your DVRs to ABC’s Freeform at 9:30am EST tomorrow morning! #soexciting #fostercarerocks

The story of One27 is going national!!!Our story airs at 9:30 am EST on ABC Freeform on 700 Club Interactive show on Thu...
10/29/2019

The story of One27 is going national!!!

Our story airs at 9:30 am EST on ABC Freeform on 700 Club Interactive show on Thursday, 10/31. Mark your calendar‘s and set your DVR‘s! Please share this and let’s get the word out about the difference we are making!

It was such an honor to be with our friends at the North Suffolk Rotary this morning!! We had a great time sharing our m...
10/18/2019

It was such an honor to be with our friends at the North Suffolk Rotary this morning!! We had a great time sharing our mission with this amazing group of people and are so thankful for their hearts and all they do to serve!

Look what you did, you wonderful people!!! Loading Bags of Hope to deliver for new agency partnerships!!! So excited abo...
06/12/2019

Look what you did, you wonderful people!!! Loading Bags of Hope to deliver for new agency partnerships!!! So excited about everything that One27 is up to!! #fostercarerocks

There are so many ways you can help...obviously, we’d love for all of you to get information from your local social serv...
05/22/2019

There are so many ways you can help...obviously, we’d love for all of you to get information from your local social services on how to become a foster parent. But that’s not the only way...can’t foster? That’s okay! Volunteer to help local non-profits in their mission to serve these agencies. Be a help to those who ARE fostering - send them dinner or give free babysitting. You never know how far those acts of kindness go to those who are giving their lives to love on these kiddos ❤️ #fostercarerocks

Aaaaand that’s a wrap!!! We had an AMAZING turnout and because of all your help, 200 kids can find hope in their darkest...
05/08/2019

Aaaaand that’s a wrap!!! We had an AMAZING turnout and because of all your help, 200 kids can find hope in their darkest moment. Thank you for caring. For showing up. And for loving on the ones who need us most. #one27rocks #fostercare #thisishope

As we get ready for our huge Stuff the Bag event next week, these are the items we have a shortage of! We need 41 fleece...
05/03/2019

As we get ready for our huge Stuff the Bag event next week, these are the items we have a shortage of! We need 41 fleece blankets (they’re $2.50 at Walmart) and 83 of these brush/comb sets from the dollar store. Let us know if you can help!
https://www.paypal.me/one27initiative/

Will you choose to make a difference? #thisisfostercare
04/23/2019

Will you choose to make a difference? #thisisfostercare

04/16/2019
What a fun morning repping One27! Thank you Bottlecraft Virginia Beach and North End Run Club for teaming up with us to ...
04/15/2019

What a fun morning repping One27! Thank you Bottlecraft Virginia Beach and North End Run Club for teaming up with us to make a difference in the foster care community! This special brew is only sold today and between the efforts of these two amazing organizations, One27 gets two dollars for every can sold! Go check them out! #BostonMarathon #fostercare

This is real life. Now you know. #whatnow #dosomething
04/13/2019

This is real life. Now you know. #whatnow #dosomething

We weren’t kidding when we said we had some exciting news!!!!!It’s time for our Stuff the Bag event!! But this year is e...
04/10/2019

We weren’t kidding when we said we had some exciting news!!!!!
It’s time for our Stuff the Bag event!! But this year is extra exciting - CBN’s 700 Club Interactive show is doing a story on One27 that will be broadcast nationwide...such an AMAZING opportunity to bring awareness to our cause. Look below to see how you can help!
https://www.paypal.me/one27initiative/

It’s time to celebrate some of the most dedicated and hard-working, yet underappreciated, individuals on the planet! We ...
03/15/2019

It’s time to celebrate some of the most dedicated and hard-working, yet underappreciated, individuals on the planet! We will be having a luncheon for social workers at the end of the month and would love your help! We need some items donated for giveaways to help make them feel special… Check out some options below and let us know how you can help!
Starbucks gift cards
Dunkin’ Donuts gift cards
Target gift cards
Walmart gift cards
Chick-fil-A gift cards
Movie theater gift cards
Bath and body works gift cards or baskets
Gift basket items
Any fun gift item

So we’ve been a little quiet lately, but it’s because we’ve been working hard on some super exciting things that we can’...
03/08/2019

So we’ve been a little quiet lately, but it’s because we’ve been working hard on some super exciting things that we can’t wait to share with you! Stay tuned!

Today is the last day to make a tax deductible donation for 2018. Please know that every penny makes a difference in the...
12/31/2018

Today is the last day to make a tax deductible donation for 2018. Please know that every penny makes a difference in the lives of foster kids!! Click the link below. We dare you 😉
https://www.paypal.me/one27initiative/

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