Some former KidsPeace foster care clients helped make this holiday season a little brighter for children and teenagers now in our care.
When Kelly Little, program manager for FCCP Williamsport was planning the annual holiday party and put out a call for donations, she was pleasantly surprised to receive gifts from some people she once served as a caseworker.
Brittany Weisenberger, now of Montgomery, Pa., was one of those former clients who donated gifts for a 3-year-old girl. Weisenberger entered the system in 1998, when she was 10 years old. She and her two siblings were separated, and she stayed in foster care for a few years until she started attending boarding school in Hershey. She knows how much support and love foster care children need.
“I know how it is not to have your mom and dad there,” she said. “I like to always give back to where I’ve been a part of.”
Weisenberger, now a stay-at-home mom to two children, 2 years and 8 months, is grateful to her foster parents, who she said showed their children “how to be a family” and with whom she still keeps in touch today. Her childhood experiences make her even more determined to take good care of her family.
“It makes me work harder so they don’t have to be put in the system,” she said. “They have a mom and a dad and a supportive home.”