Together Poem: You’re Okay
A poem for adults and children to read together.
Read this poem aloud together, using the icons to tell who reads what. You’ll be sharing important ideas, and as children repeat them, they can begin to internalize them. Depending on children’s ages and development, you may also be helping to build reading confidence.
As you share each line and children repeat it, you’re reinforcing key messages for children to remember:
- You are strong. You belong here.
- You’ll be all right. You’ll hold on tight.
- You carry others in your heart…even when you’re far apart.
- You have space to learn and play, and you are growing every day.
- I’ll keep you safe when you are here. I’ll help you handle any fear.
- In sunny days and stormy weather, we are in this thing together.
You might think of other ideas they would add to the poem, and write them on the back (they don’t have to rhyme). You can read the poem together again and again. If possible, children can display it in their space, or keep it with their belongings.
Foster Care Resources
Resource sheet for providers and parents working within the foster system.
Here’s an activity to remind children that they do not lose their memories when they’re separated from those they love—they carry their memories in their hearts.
The World Sings to You
A song about listening.
Artmaker: Draw It Out! Foster Care
Digital, open-ended drawing activities to help children with expressing feelings.
Talking About It
Suggested answers to children’s most difficult questions about foster care.
The Creature Connection
How the human-animal bond can help heal.
Challenges & Strategies
Reflect on a moment or a period from your childhood when you went through a challenging transition (if you’re with a group, you might share with others).