Hello SOTGC community,
Today I get the honor of introducing you to our newest contributor. I met Carrie via Twitter when we started sharing articles and dialoguing. A week later and we found ourselves on the phone talking about SO many commonalities. She is a REMARKABLY strong woman with a heart wrenching story of strength, perseverance, and love. I hope you enjoy her posts as much as I enjoyed our conversation about everything from turning adversity into success and adoption.
Carrie Caruthers – I am mother of three adventurous, curious and amazing children. My husband, of 18 ½ years and I, were quickly educated on parental multi-tasking when our twin sons were born 8 weeks premature. The doctor told us they were healthy and just was just simply ready to start their lives. Now, 11 years later they have not stopped. We were further blessed in April 2007 when we traveled to China to bring our beautiful 6-month daughter home to complete our family. Our children keep us busy with all their academic, church and sports activities. My second full time job is at American Century Investments as the Business Manager for Priority Investors. This year I will celebrate 15 years with this amazing company.
In my spare time I serve as Chairperson on the Advisory Board for Bright Futures Harrisonville and serve as Secretary for Bright Futures USA Board of Directors. Our mission is to help bring communities together to serve the needs of children throughout their adolescence years and to help them grow to their fullest potential. Our goal is to provide a framework that will connect businesses, human services agencies, faith-based organizations and parents in a partnership with the schools. This allows school administrators and educators to leverage the synergy of these groups when a child need is identified and to have it filled within 24 hours. We have expanded to 5 states and have over 20 community affiliates with several more communities, in several states, looking to become an affiliate.
As a child of poverty and abuse, I have first-hand experience of what it is like to go without shoes, coats, hats, gloves, food or other basic needs that can overshadow a child’s ability to fully function at school. I remember how difficult it was to fit in because I wore dirty close, or sitting through class counting the minutes to lunch to have my one meal of the day. Many times I wanted just one person to notice me and rescue me. Because of my past, I aspire to be the voice of children who have been silenced by abuse; to give hope for our future generations and help them reach their greatest potential.
You can follow me on Twitter @CarrieCaruthers