Lemn Sissay, an award-winning poet and playwright, shares at TEDx his painful and powerful story. From growing up as a child of the state to searching for his birth family. His insights and challenges are striking. Calling us all to care for the state’s children.
“The responsibility for a child in care starts and ends with us. We are her legal parents. On the doors of the legal care system it should read: it stops here. From here on in, you are safe. You are secure. You are respected. You are loved. And you are the most important part of this process. And with the trauma you have been through, you may explode. You may bite and kick and fight and swear and steal and scream. And we will be there for you. And we will not blame you because you will come through the other side. And we will be there.”
He closes with a challenge that stuck with me. “If a series of disastrous events happened, your child’s child could end up in care too. Make it ok for them.”
I need to hear these challenges. These stories. Not just the fictional Hairy Potters or Pips, but the Lemn Sissays.