Last Wednesday foster parents, youth, birth parents, social workers, judges, administrators and community partners from across Louisiana came together to start their QPI journey. The excitement and energy in the room was inspiring. Today, sadly, many of the people in that room, their friends and colleagues have lost their homes and possessions to the floods that continue to ravage the State. The Covington and Lafayette areas which are leading the State movement have been particularly devastated. We are asking QPI participants and supporters to help in three ways:
- QPI has started a fund to contribute in a small way to meeting they immediate need of the child welfare community. We know that the need is much greater than we can address. However, those of us who have experienced disasters: earthquake, fire, hurricane know that immediate needs often go unmet while the long term response is coordinated. The fund will provide those on the ground with a way to offer some help while they are waiting. We believe this can be the difference in keeping families together.
- We know that many of you face your own challenges and may not be able to contribute. Whether you can give or not, please sign onto the site and send a message to let our partners in Louisiana know that your thoughts, hopes and prayers are with them.
- Please share this post on social media, and the old fashioned way, with friends, family, colleagues, community members. Your support and partnership as a member of the QPI family is what this movement is all about. We will keep you updated on the situation in Louisiana, the response to this post and the way that any funds we receive are being used.