An Incomplete Charge

 

A phone with low battery connected to a chargerHave you ever put your phone on a charger and returned after a significant time to find the charge incomplete?

 

I have – three times in the past few weeks. I found myself annoyed and frustrated. While I have taken the steps to prevent that frustration from happening again, it got me thinking about our children and families in care through Boys and Girls Homes.

 

These children come to us with a low charge. They have experienced abuse and neglect that drains them of the energy to thrive because they can only focus on survival. They do not put efforts into education or learning because they do not believe a positive future is an option.

 

When these children arrive at B&GH, they are plugged into the charger of hope. Through our programs delivered by caring staff, each child moves up the scale of positive expectations. Like many devices, how long it takes to reach fully charged varies, in part because of the different levels of drain when the charger is connected.

 

Because of this charge time variance, it is so important that each child we serve is given the amount of time he or she needs to become fully charged. Restricting the length of stay to a pre-prescribed number of days can result in an incomplete charge that runs down the battery of hope that much sooner. It can also create a situation that will prevent a full charge from ever being received in the future.

 

In order to truly make futures brighter for our children, families and communities, we need to ensure that each child has enough time in care to be fully charged with hope.

 

In the coming months, we will be working to modify our programs to better address child and family needs as prescribed by the Family First Prevention Service Act. Our goal is to find the best ways to continue to help those we serve become fully charged to pursue brighter futures.

 

Melissa Hopkins is the Director of Public Relations and Marketing at Boys and Girls Homes of North Carolina.

 

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