Thursday, January 03, 2008

A Reply!

Remember this, from back in November?

Well, today I received this in my in-box:

Dear Carol,

I am so sorry that I have not responded to your blog earlier-- unfortunately, you were right and your email didn't come to my personal account. First of all, thank you so much for all you have done for AFS and for all the care you have shown for AFS students. I would love to call you and explain how our process works-- but please know that we do everything in our power to avoid placing a student in a welcome family. We are working with our volunteers and with our AFS partners to do our best to place every student in a permanent home upon arrival. Please let me know when and where I might be able to call you and I can explain further.

All my warmest wishes for a bight and peaceful 2008!

Thank you again,

Hopefully I'll be chatting with her tomorrow. I'll let you know how that goes...

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blackcrag said...

"...but please know that we do everything in our power to avoid placing a student in a welcome family."

Am I reading that right, or is that a typo? Avoid placing the student in a welcoming family? That doesn't make sense to me.

I hope you have an enlightening conversation with her soon.

Goofball said...

oh that was a bit late, but better than no answer at all. If she's truly going to call you, than it's quite nice that she takes this time to share thoughts right?

I am very curious how it goes further.

@blackcrag: isn't a welcome family a temporary family by lack of his permanent family? that's how I interpret it.

Carol said...

Yes, Goofball, "welcome family" means a temporary family (or person) who takes the student home from the airport and houses him/her until a permanent family can be found. I think maybe they need to work on semantics! Hopefully ALL families are welcoming!

Maybe "temporary family" would be a better way to put it...


blackcrag said...

Okay, I wasn't aware of the term. Now the sentence makes sense to me.

Jen said...

Oh, I'd so love to hear Margaret's response when you chat with her! As I've written to you before, this issue gets me so upset.

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