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May 2002Vol. 3, No. 4New Newspaper's Staff Shares Background of Homelessness and Foster Care

A new publication is intended to help improve the lives of young people who may be suffering negative effects of foster care or homelessness. It takes a two-pronged approach: It provides a creative outlet to its writers who share backgrounds of homelessness and foster care; and it is designed to be read by young people in similar circumstances, written from a perspective that they can readily identify with.

The Mockingbird Times was created in Seattle as the first project of the Mockingbird Society, which was founded by Jim Theofelis, a political activist in Washington State. The title comes from the novel To Kill A Mockingbird: Theofelis wants to create a society that values children in a special way. The subject matter of this publication includes foster care and homelessness as well as music, book reviews, poetry, and other issues that may be of interest to its young readers.

This creative outlet provides a forum for talented young people to discuss their experiences and views about how service systems can be improved. "We can be reminded that a person coming through the system is more than somebody's treatment plan," states Theofelis in the inaugural issue. "That they also have the same kind of interests that all kids across the State have." He hopes that the Mockingbird Times will change people's views about children who have been in foster care and what they have to offer the community.

Writing in Connect for Kids, an electronic newsletter and website sponsored by the Benton Foundation, Deborah Fisher details the publication's history, funding, mission, and present composition. Read the article online at:

Contact information:

The Mockingbird Times
1820 12th Ave.
Seattle, WA 98122
Phone: 206-323-KIDS

Related Item

See the following related article in the May/June 2001 issue of the Children's Bureau Express:

  • "FosterClub: Online Resources for Foster Kids and Their Parents"