“I have come to believe over and over again that what is most important to me must be spoken, made verbal and shared, even at the risk of having it bruised or misunderstood.”
Audre Lorde, The Transformation of Silence into Language and Action
I’m a Baby Boomer who entered the world between 1946 and 1964. My entrance into foster care occurred in the late 50’s. My upbringing beginning at 11 months old occurred under the care of four families headed by husbands and wives born between 1923 and 1945. My exit from the system occurred on my eighteenth birthday. Any good that I’ve attained since, owes its existence to my dream of living a better life.
Rebirthing Dreams honors my desire to speak on behalf of “My Tribe” and to highlight my affiliation with those who know what its like to live their childhood, youth and teenage years separated from family, in foster care. Merriam-Webster’s dictionary defines a “Tribe” as a group of persons having a common character, occupation, or interest. My kinship and connectedness with foster children and youth worldwide flows from our life experiences.
I would be remiss if I didn’t leverage the gift of life to share wisdom, insight and knowledge to support foster parents, caretakers, grandparents, and adoptive parents in their quest to raise children and youth who thrive rather than survive.
The articles featured on this site offer candid and tactful access to the untold back story tugging at the heartstrings and emotions of my tribe.
Renée (often spelled without the accent in non-French speaking countries) is a French feminine given name. Renée is the female form of René, with the extra –e making it feminine according to French grammar. The name Renée is the French form of the late Roman name Renatus and the meaning is reborn or born again.