Foster Experiences: KIFS Teen Writes About Summer Project Yoga Program

Over the summer KIFS received a grant from the Greater Cincinnati Foundation which was used for a yoga and mindfulness program for our foster children. KIFS reached out to Mint Yoga Studio in Fort Thomas about the possibility of a program which grew into a wonderful partnership with Project Yoga Cincinnati. Project Yoga Cincinnati instructors led our KIFS kids in an summer long program designed specifically for working through and healing trauma through breathing, poses, and mindfulness. We asked one of our KIFS teens to write a little about her experience and this is her article.

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Nicolette Meade
Foster Stories: Robin

What has been your experience as a foster parent?

It’s an emotional rollercoaster at times. I have a 17 year old that wants to challenge me all the time but after all is said and done we walk away and then sit down and talk after everyone is settled down. We don’t go to bed without resolving the argument. With my teenage girls I know we need to sit down and talk before it gets to the point of arguing and that taking the phone away makes it worse.

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Nicolette Meade
Foster Stories: Turning 18

The thrill of turning 18! Feeling the accomplishment of reaching a milestone is unforgettable. Each of us enters adulthood in different ways, we begin to take on new and unexpected expectations and responsiblities at different times and with varying levels of support.

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Nicolette Meade
Foster Parent Stories: Pauline

You’ll never feel so much love for some of the children. It’s amazing the feeling you get from taking in children and loving them like your own. I would take them all if they would let me. We have our ups and downs, but we always love our children. We understand that everyone has their good and bad days. When we sit down, it brings us together. We love and hug each other. There is always another day.

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Nicolette Meade
Foster Parent Stories: Katie

Why should others consider fostering?

The scary part is that you don’t know what going to happen and you might not like the ending. The kids happily ever after and yours might not be the same. But, every kid who comes to us knows what it is like to have love without limits

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Nicolette Meade