An 'in the meantime' home for the holidays, at Boys and Girls Town, Columbia

Nov 23, 2012

Boys and Girls Town foster home youth care specialists Abigail Seifert (front) and Shakta Williams serve turkey, ham, green bean casserole and stuffing to foster youth during Thanksgiving dinner in Columbia on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 22.
Credit Lee Jian Chung / KBIA

During the holiday weeks, foster children at the Boys and Girls Town Columbia wait in anticipation for the chance to spend the holidays with their relatives or foster parents. Yet as the days pass, some of the young people have to deal with the disappointment of not having a home to go to for the holiday.

KBIA’s Lee Jian Chung spent Thanksgiving morning with Boys and Girls Town Supervisor Tanya Canady and foster youth Jesse, who wishes to be known only by his first name. They talked about how custodians and children survive the festive season at what Canady calls their "in the meantime" home.