Who We Are
We are a group of Haitian professionals and Haitian college students working to effect change in our community.
The catalyst who has brought this group together is a social worker by the name of Ruth Ambroise.
“As a practicing Social Worker in the South Florida community for over ten years and working predominantly with Haitian families it has been my experience that there are not many foster families of Haitian ancestry for these children to be placed with. Knowing this and realizing that there was a huge possibility that many of these families could be those that were survivors of the recent earthquake that may have been displaced as a result; I felt as if something should be done to help these children remain in touch with their heritage while in the system; but what?
I then heard about a program called Our Kids of South Florida which was raising money to help children in foster care and the challenge was given to the audience if they could not give money to do something. The population of Haitians who were being removed came to mind and I felt as if I needed to do something. As is the norm for me I reached out to friends, family and colleagues whom I believe could possibly help me to help these Haitian families. Would they be willing to volunteer to be mentors for Haitian children who were being placed in system? I also requested that my colleagues volunteer to be mentors for Haitian students who were beginning their careers and seeking role models in the form of competent and ethical professionals within the Haitian community.
My hope, for this site is that it becomes a forum which allows my Haitian colleagues and me to continue serving the most vulnerable of our population; Haitian students without access to competent and ethical role models in their community and Haitian families who are entering a system that is as foreign as the new location they now call home.”
Why we do what we do
Why we do what we do
There are many Haitian families entering the foster care system through the Department of Children and Families as a result of calls made to the Florida Abuse Hotline. Many of these children are being removed or are at risk of being removed from their homes.
Upon entering the foster care system, they risk losing touch with their culture as the system can only guarantee meeting the basic needs of the child. However, we feel that the loss of one’s family as well as cultural ties could be equally as devastating to the child. We hope to connect with these children to decrease the possibility that they will lose this vital part of their heritage.
As Haitian professionals, we believe it is our duty to do something to help this community.