Metro-area foster children need orthodontic care

– Lorraine Weber, FTSG Executive Director

When Kelly Ann Ramsey and I began For The Seventh Generation we shared a dream that metro Detroit’s foster children should have the same kinds of “extras” that other children have – the kinds of things that help a child not just to survive, but to thrive.

We started out by soliciting orthodontic care for a foster child with a truly compelling story. Her name is Jasmine, and you can see the amazing results in this short video featuring former Detroit Mayor Dennis Archer.

Unlike other medical treatments, Medicaid doesn’t fund orthodontic care for foster children! Anyone who has needed braces – or had a child in need of braces – knows that orthodontic care isn’t a luxury. Proper tooth alignment is necessary to be able to eat properly, and having a “normal” smile is an essential  component of self-esteem for children and adults alike. Yet, too many of the children in the care are of the state are not receiving this important help.

At For The Seventh Generation, we currently we have sixteen outstanding requests for metro area foster children who in need orthodontic care, and finding care for these kids is one of our biggest challenges.  This isn’t a challenge we can meet alone – we need your help.

What can you do?

Tell your dentist (some dentists practice orthodontics) and/or orthodontist about For The Seventh Generation and our work on behalf of foster children. Remember – we ask only for service for one child over the course of one year.

Like us on your Facebook page – our Facebook page is here  – and tell all your friends about the work we’re doing to find orthodontists to service our area’s foster children.

Make a monetary donation here. We currently can’t afford a full-time or FTE staff person to contact orthodontists one-on-one, but one of our dreams is to be able to do more outreach – not just to orthodontists, but to everyone who might be interested in serving “our” kids.

Remember, the work we do now, the help we give now, doesn’t just affect the foster children we’re serving today. It affects the entire community when “our” kids grow up to become successful, productive adults – and the ripples of this positive growth are felt down through the seventh generation.

DMBAF and FTSG launch a busy holiday season for foster children

It’s a time of good cheer, a time to be busy (and busier, and busier), and a time to get used to the fact that yes, summer is really over in Michigan.

But the winter holidays are also a time to support our favorite charities – and what better way to share the bounty of the holidays than to bring the joy of Christmas to foster children, in December and throughout the year?

Here are three ways to support For The Seventh Generation and our programs:

On December 1st, the Barnes & Noble at 19221 Mack Ave. will play host to a special kickoff event for our first Play It Forward! Bookfair from Noon – 6 pm. Featuring the musical talents of Ellen Keyt and Deb Fedon, this event is a chance to enjoy your holiday shopping while supporting Play It Foward!, FTSG’s new program providing music lessons and instruments to the metro area’s foster children. Stop by, enjoy some lovely music, and even have your presents gift-wrapped; a portion of all bookstore proceeds and the proceeds from our gift-wrapping station will all go to Play It Forward!.

Can’t make it to Grosse Pointe? No problem! Just go to any B&N location and use the special Bookfair ID: #10938850.

Can’t get to a physical store, or can’t go shopping on the 1st? Again, no problem! You can shop online at the special Barnes & Noble bookfair site and use the same ID, #10938850, to donate a portion of the proceeds from your purchase to Play It Forward! and help foster children discover the joy of making music.

On December 4th, the DMBA Foundation will be honoring Judge Victoria Roberts with its annual Dennis W. Archer Public Service Award at its annual gala reception. Tickets are just $125 and the proceeds support all of the Foundation’s programs – including For The Seventh Generation. Get your tickets here for this special, early-evening event.

On December 15, our Help Closet will be holding a Holiday Bazaar for Foster Children and Foster Care workers from Noon – 4:30 pm – donations needed by December 7th! Our Help Closet is a program in partnership with the Samaritan Center that allows foster care workers to come to a central location to pick up donated goods for their wards. On December 15, we plan to deck the Closet’s halls just like a retail boutique and invite foster children and workers to come “shopping” for gifts for their foster parents, siblings, or (in the case of the workers), a special foster child.

We need donations of money and new or nearly-new books, clothing, electronics, toys – anything and everything that will make a child’s eyes light up on Christmas Day. We are also offering sponsorship opportunities to local merchants for the easy-to-afford rate of only $200. For more information or to make a donation contact Help Closet Coordinator Shirely Roseman at sroses789@yahoo.com.

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Honoring the Legal Community’s Best – The Dennis W. Archer Public Service Award

Judge Victoria Roberts will accept the 2012 Dennis W. Archer Public Service Award on Dec. 4 at the Detroit Yacht Club

Save the Date! – Tuesday, December 4, 2012 – Detroit Yacht Club

Every year, the Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association Foundation gathers to present the Dennis W. Archer Public Service Award to a member of Michigan’s legal community who stands out both professionally and personally – someone who is a public servant in word and deed.

Obviously, the award – the first award, in fact – went to former Detroit Mayor Dennis W. Archer. Senator Carl Levin, former Governor Jennifer Granholm, and the Honorable Damon J. Keith are among our past honorees. In 2011, Michigan Department of Human Services Director – and friend to foster children — Maura D. Corrigan joined the ranks of Archer Award winners.

This year, the DMBA Foundation will honor Judge Victoria Roberts. Among other accomplishments in her career as a public servant Judge Roberts, who currently serves as a US District Judge in the Eastern District of Michigan, has shared her legal expertise as a volunteer and past board member with an organization dear to the hearts of everyone who loves children – Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Michigan.

The Archer Award is important to For The Seventh Generation because the DMBA Foundation is our primary funder. And attending is a nice way to remind ourselves that there are a lot legal professionals in the metro Detroit area who are committed to public service!

Reserve your tickets today for this gala reception event, show your support for the Foundation, and honor a jurist who is among the best of the best of Michigan’s legal community!