It's never to late to find a family
It happened in 2014! After nine years in foster care, JJ finally has a forever home and family! JJ is a pretty typical 11 year old; lots of energy, enthusiasm, and loves just being silly. But that isn't how life started. JJ entered foster care at the age of two after experiencing a great deal of abuse and neglect. JJ had been in and out of 18 different foster and group homes by the age of 10!
Then came along JJ’s new family, a single parent that started as another temporary foster home for this youth in need. It was fairly clear to everyone that a fast bond had formed. JJ had been through a lot by the time this home was found. Experiencing delays in speech, school and fairly intense behavior issues, prior homes just couldn't supply JJ with the forever family that was so needed.
With an extensive “tool box,” family support, sense of humor and boundless patience, JJ experienced what was needed most -- a family! Before, when upset, JJ would yell, hit, kick others and curse at adults. Today JJ is involved in school sports and community activities and has been embraced by a loving, nurturing family. A dream come true!
Once JJ was brought to our attention it seemed even to us that a family for this youth would be a tall order. It took weeks just to read through JJ’s history, understand who JJ is as an individual and why there had been so many foster families. We firmly believe that there can be a positive future for every youth in care and JJ is a great example of that. We are humbled by this amazing family and know their future together will be filled with laughter and adventure!
In case you don't know, Families Like Ours is called upon everyday to help find homes for youth in care. Erin in our office actually manages nearly 20 active cases of youth needing adoptive families.
Did you know that during 2014 FLO provided direct services to over 800 pre and post adoptive and foster families? That thousands more families are able to utilize resources 24/7 via our web tools?
It isn't to late to help FLO continue to make a difference in the lives of at-risk foster youth. Helping families cut through the red-tape and get kids out of foster care forever. We are in need of finical donations so we can continue this work. Please take a few moments by clicking the link below and making a donation.https://www.familieslikeours.org/content/making-difference
BTW, as long as your check is dated no later then December 31st, it may count as a tax deductible donation on your 2014 income taxes.
Thank you in advance!