We’re so proud to let you know that one of our longtime foster parents, Joan Phillips, was honored by the Patriots Foundation as a Myra Kraft Community MVP! Named in honor of the late Myra Kraft, the award honors what Myra Kraft valued most in her life—service to others.
That epitomizes Joan’s work with foster youth. Since 1990, Joan has welcomed 80 children and teenagers into her home. She has been a stable source of support for teenagers who’ve returned to her home after more intensive placements in residential homes did not work out.
Joan’s background as a caregiver at a residential school, where she worked with youth who rarely saw their parents and never experienced having the privacy of their own room, has informed her work with foster youth.
“Children in foster care do nothing to deserve their plight, which ends with their being removed from family and experiencing the trauma of separation as well as the physical and emotional abuse which most likely got them removed in the first place,” Joan says. “There are definitely challenges for myself as well as the youth coming into care. Thankfully, I am not alone. In fact, I could not possibly do this work if I didn’t have supports from social workers, teachers, therapists, and other foster parents.”
Joan adds that she is ultimately driven to work with foster youth by what she gets out of the experience.
“Being a foster parent has given me the opportunity to offer a child a safe place and a home with someone who cares,” Joan says. “In giving, we receive and what I’ve received are daily lessons in communication, kindness, humility and a chance to make a difference in someone else’s life.”We’re so grateful to foster parents like Joan, and to the Patriots Foundation for recognizing Joan’s service to youth in need. We’re also grateful for the $10,000 contribution to HopeWell to support our services that came along with the recognition!