As the videographer for Harmony’s In My Own Words video project, I found these three attributes where I had least expected – in kids who had suffered more trauma in their young lives than most adults can even comprehend.
Harmony developed the video project to allow children in the state welfare system – who are longing for a “real” family – to tell their own stories themselves. The videos, which are posted on the Parent a Child website, are intended to serve as each child’s introduction to prospective families.
I was not sure what to expect. How would kids who had been powerless – with no control over the traumatic events of their lives- respond to the challenge of telling their own stories?
This is what I found: The heroic spirit of the child who shared his story with painful honesty – his mother had simply walked away from him – leaving the 3-year old child abandoned at a grocery store.
The child who is now classified as “special needs” because as a toddler he was severely beaten – who just wanted a hug from me before beginning his story.
All the children I have helped with their videos have one thing in common: trust and a willingness to share their stories, despite lives that have been filled with betrayal.
That’s what keeps me going – the courage and resilience shown by these kids and their willingness to share the harrowing events of their young lives.
And when children I have filmed find forever families thanks to their videos, I know it’s all worthwhile.
You can view In My Own Words videos here: PARENTACHILD.ORG.