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Promises2Kids Camp Connect

both mentally and emotionally from their traumas .

Sisters Anna and

Isla grew up in an unstable home . Their father was an alcoholic and their mother was not ready for parenthood . Their mother took them away , and in her care , they were exposed to drugs , weapons , homelessness , and severe abuse and neglect . They were often left for days or weeks at a time , without food . All this led them into foster care .
May is National Foster Care Month and local non-profit Promises2Kids whose mission is to create a brighter for foster children , offers programs ensuring that youth have the skills , opportunities , and resources to succeed . From the moment they enter care through adulthood , Promises2Kids provides the necessary support system .
There are over 3,000 current and former foster youth in San Diego County who have been removed from their homes due to abuse and neglect . Many are separated from siblings , move frequently , attend countless schools , while still suffering
Promises2Kids ’ Camp Connect reunites brothers and sisters separated by foster care . Through monthly visits , group outings and a summer camp , foster youth can experience the joys of being a child , bonding with one another , and creating special memories .
Promises2Kids recently took 73 youth to Disneyland - a first for most
Anna and Isla of them . This was made possible by the Arbonne Charitable Foundation . Among the group were sisters Anna and Isla , who fully soaked in the experience and enjoyed being “ little kids ” for the day , going on as many rides as possible . Smiling ear to ear and walking shoulder to shoulder , the two were inseparable .
From seeing Disney ’ s characters and going on rides , the youth were grateful for this magical day ! The highlight was taking photos with their siblings , as a way to always remember their special day .
To learn more about Promises2Kids and how you can help , visit www . Promises2Kids . org .
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