12 Days of Foster Care – a Holiday Song by Chauncey Strong, MSW

12 Days of Foster Care – a Holiday Song by Chauncey Strong, MSW

Every holiday season there are young people in foster care who experience the mixed feelings that are brought on by the complexity of enjoying the holidays while feeling unsettled in their lives, families, and communities. Needless to say, these experiences are very different from what many experience as The 12 Days of Christmas and play a large role in how alumni of foster care approach life during the holidays.

To better help you understand the experiences some alumni of foster care may have faced during this holiday season, we invite you to please enjoy these lyrics.

12 Days of Foster Care

(Sung to the tune of 12 Days of Christmas)

On the 1st day of foster care a worker gave to me A Child who reached permanency.

On the 2nd day of foster care, a worker gave to me Two Reunifications
and A Child who reached permanency.

On the 3rd day of foster care, a worker gave to me Three Connected Siblings
Two Reunifications
and A Child who reached permanency.

On the 4th day of foster care, a worker gave to me Four Engaged Fathers
Three Connected Siblings
Two Reunifications
and A Child who reached permanency.

On the 5th day of foster care, a worker gave to me Five Birth Families
Four Engaged Fathers
Three Connected Siblings
Two Reunifications
and A Child who reached permanency.

On the 6th day of foster care, a worker gave to me Six Finalized Adoptions
Five Birth Families
Four Engaged Fathers

Three Connected Siblings
Two Reunifications
and A Child who reached permanency.

On the 7th day of foster care, a worker gave to me Seven Committed Workers
Six Finalized Adoptions
Five Birth Families
Four Engaged Fathers
Three Connected Siblings
Two Reunifications
and A Child who reached permanency.

On the 8th day of foster care, a worker gave to me Eight Supportive Supervisors
Seven Committed Workers
Six Finalized Adoptions
Five Birth Families
Four Engaged Fathers
Three Connected Siblings
Two Reunifications
and A Child who reached permanency.

On the 9th day of foster care, a worker gave to me Nine Compassionate Judges
Eight Supportive Supervisors
Seven Committed Workers
Six Finalized Adoptions Five Birth Families
Four Engaged Fathers Three Connected Siblings Two Reunifications
and A Child who reached permanency.

On the 10th day of foster care, a worker gave to me Ten Devoted Foster Parents
Nine Compassionate Judges
Eight Supportive Supervisors
Seven Committed Workers Six Finalized Adoptions Five Birth Families
Four Engaged Fathers

Three Connected Siblings
Two Reunifications
and A Child who reached permanency.

On the 11th day of foster care, a worker gave to me Eleven Youth/Alumni Voices
Ten Devoted Foster Parents
Nine Compassionate Judges

Eight Supportive Supervisors Seven Committed Workers Six Finalized Adoptions
Five Birth Families
Four Engaged Fathers
Three Connected Siblings
Two Reunifications
and A Child who reached permanency.

On the 12th day of foster care, a worker gave to me Twelve Permanent Connections
Eleven Youth/Alumni Voices
Ten Devoted Foster Parents
Nine Compassionate Judges Eight Supportive Supervisors Seven Committed Workers Six Finalized Adoptions
Five Birth Families
Four Engaged Fathers
Three Connected Siblings
Two Reunifications
and A Child who reached permanency.

Thank you for reading this inspirational holiday song titled 12 Days of Foster Care by FCAA member and alumnus of foster care Chauncey Strong, MSW.

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December 2017
Chauncey Strong, MSW
Chaunceystrong@cox.net

Chauncey Strong, MSW is a member of Foster Care Alumni of America who formerly served as the Board Chair on the National Board of Directors and actively serves as the Chapter Advisor and Treasurer for the State of Virginia FCAA Chapter. Chauncey is the Executive Director of Strong Training and Consulting in Virginia.

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