I've always wanted to help children. I've done a bit of research and have decided what I want to do. The only problem is I am broke and I don't have a degree, so for now my plans are on hold. In the mean time I am trying to gather as much information as I can about laws and boundaries, to get my plans together for when I do have money. Any and all advice is appreciated!

CandaceD CandaceD
26-30, F
1 Response Aug 20, 2014

We don't really do the orphanage thug in this country. We do foster homes, group homes, behavioral treatment centers, etc. What children/ages/situations are on your heart?
I have always wanted to have a group home/ school for children who are in foster care past typical adoptive age. Because of the nature of the challenges this group had faced and will face, that automatically makes it something of a residential treatment facility.

At this point I have my degree, have the experience, have the time, and am pondering where my heart is now with that old dream.

Best of luck to you! Would bounce ideas around with you if you want.

Yes we call them "Group homes" now, but I still like the term orphanages because that is what they are, orphans. Sad but true. I want to create like a large foster family feeling. Kinda like The Duggers. I want the children to feel like we are their family. I want them to be able to take Ballet, Karate, sports.... But I can't foster a lot of children at my home. I want to make a HUGE impact! Boys separate than girls, but have multiple "group homes" that feel more like family instead of the unwanted inbetween feeling... As of an age group, I'd rather it be Children 4-17. I know babies get adopted out usually pretty easily. I want to help children that are old enough to know what it's like being in foster care and to help improve their ideas of it. Changing the way group homes operate, changing the generation of orphans, maybe will change the way they grow up and maybe they'll want to make an impact and help as well. I want to be the change, as dumb and cliché as that sounds...