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Hi Sarah! Although we don't have experience directly interacting with foster care children, we have gained a lot of experience over the years by volunteering with young children. However, I appreciate your input as I know the experiences of normal children cannot even compare to the trauma and difficulties that these foster children face. Prior to implementing our program in foster homes, we plan to get to know each individual child and learn their likes/dislikes, feelings, and what they hope to receive from our project so that we can best suit their own personal perspectives and experiences.

Hi Sarah! Although we don't have experience directly interacting with foster care children, we have gained a lot of experience over the years by volunteering with young children. However, I appreciate your input as I know the experiences of normal children cannot even compare to the trauma and difficulties that these foster children face. Prior to implementing our program in foster homes, we plan to get to know each individual child and learn their likes/dislikes, feelings, and what they hope to receive from our project so that we can best suit their own personal perspectives and experiences.

Hi Sarah! I completely understand your point, however our goal is not to place the weight of these foster care children's struggles on the peer mentors, as that would be a lot for teenagers to take on. Rather, we hope that peer mentors will engage in creative activities and have normal, insightful conversations with the children so that they feel normalized and not alienated from other children their age. The mental and emotional support for these children comes from the licensed mental health counseling service that we hope to implement.