How to Help a Disadvantaged Kid

There are many children that live on the streets or live in homes without love or attention. These are the disadvantaged kids that need help in creating a normal life, and learning how to communicate, get a job and fit into a community


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    Be their friend. Smile at them, make eye contact and you speak to them, don't be easily offended by anything they say or do. Be willing to help them understand how to improve rather than writing them off when they do or say something that you're not comfortable with.
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    Do them a favor without expecting anything in return. Give them a ride, buy them a bus pass, share your lunch with them, give them your old coat but tell them it's just a loan.
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    Help them get a job. Help them search the classified ads for a realistic, appropriate job. Help them create a resume. Loan them appropriate clothes to go on the job interview. Once they get the job, stay in touch with them. Find out how it's going. Help them to work through conflicts that arise with supervisors, coworkers, suppliers or vendors, and customers.
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    Help them find affordable housing or help them find a decent roommate to share the rent.
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    Be a foster parent.
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    Be a mentor.
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    Pay for a kid to go through work ethic training and/or vocational training in something they have an aptitude for or interest in.
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    Get work ethic training implemented in your community
    • High schools
    • Continuation schools
    • Junior colleges
    • Churches
    • Community service organizations
    • Chambers of commerce
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    Help them enter into back to work programs, These are directed at people re-entering the workforce after recovering from a disability, stopping to raise children, serving time in prison, or for those entering the workforce for the first time.
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    Hire a foster kid. Take them under your wing and teach them what you know.
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    Be patient. Remember, when you were their age, you didn’t know what you know now.
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    Volunteer at a local child welfare organization.
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    Become a Court Appointed Special Advocate to advocate in court on behalf of a foster kid.


  • Most importantly, never write off a foster kid. You never know when one day they’ll wind up being your boss, your co-worker, your neighbor, or your son or daughter-in-law! With an estimated 11+ million former foster kids in the US alone, we’re everywhere!!
  • Understand that if you work with foster kids in any capacity, be careful to manage their expectations, but be OK with touching lives for a brief time. This is the story of life. Neighbors move in and out, co-workers move on, etc. Not every relationship endures for our whole lives. In fact, most don’t. It’s OK. Be good to people while they’re in your life.
  • Most importantly, remember that you are in a position to hurt as much as you can help. What you say, even in passing, could be exactly the thing that “registers” with a kid, ultimately becoming the thing that helped guide them out of the mess they came from. Give them the clues to find their own way. It’s not easy. There’s rarely a “thank you”. Often you don’t see the results. It’s worth it. If you’re tempted to think you’re not making a contribution, consider my life. Consider the ways I could have turned out if the people who helped me decided it was just too hard or pointless.

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