When it Comes to Speaking Up for Kids in Foster Care, Delivery is Everything

What did one arithmetic book say to the other?
I really have a lot of problems.

When my youngest daughter was six, she came in and began reading jokes to me just like this one out of a book.

In many contexts, the most reaction these jokes would garner would be a groan or some raised eyebrows. To prove my point, here are a couple more examples:

How do messy students write their reports?
With their pigpens.

Who’s your best friend at school?
Your princi-pal.

However, I noticed was that these jokes were made significantly funnier because they were being read by a six-year-old little girl who giggled immediately after delivering the punchline. The fact is, jokes like these can be made a lot better depending on who’s delivering them.

When we think about foster care advocacy, there are a lot of different audiences each of us is trying to reach:

-potential foster parents and adoptive parents
-organizational leaders
-local business leaders
-state administrators
-county social workers

If you’ve found that response to the message has fallen a little flat in certain circles, you don’t necessarily need to change the message. You might just need to change the messenger:

-Ask an adult adoptee or foster care alumni to talk to potential adoptive and foster parents
-Ask a respected public child welfare veteran who loves the Lord to help you speak to local workers
-Ask a pastor passionate about foster care to share with other pastors
-Ask a current donor to share with other business leaders why your work is a wise investment

Because sometimes, delivery makes all the difference.

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