Our families can tell some life-changing stories about being a Foundations foster parent.
Here are just a few of those stories:
A Teen In Trauma Finds Peace
After years of neglect, Olivia came into foster care at 15-years-old when her mother was arrested. She struggled to build and maintain relationships, and did not have high self-esteem. Olivia often viewed the behaviors of others as an attack against her. Intense emotions left Olivia easily frustrated, and she engaged in self-harm behavior, including cutting and under-age drinking. With the help of her foster family and therapy, Olivia worked to keep her emotions in check. She learned mindfulness skills, and her foster parents ensured that Olivia had a safe space in their home. Olivia has learned to tolerate stress, and is more nurturing to herself. She works hard to be non-judgmental of herself and others, and struggles less with negative perceptions. Olivia now has more stable, healthy relationships and communicates more effectively with others.
A Young Adult Thrives After Foster Care
Click on the link to hear a radio spot by a former Foundations foster youth, who is now a thriving young adult. He recorded this audio as part of a recruiting effort on WAPL 105.7. RADIO SPOT
While adoptions aren’t the only outcome of foster care, in 2019, we have celebrated nine sets of foster parents becoming simply parents. Congratulations to all of the new families!
An Adoption Story
In 2012, a boy entered our foster program with significant needs due to the trauma he endured as a young child. As he grew up in our foster homes, he struggled with attachment issues and the new structure and care that our foster parents tried to instill in him. He also received mental health therapy. As time went on, he learned to trust in his foster parents and the Foundations treatment team. There were still struggles as he matured, but these became less severe and less frequent as he connected with his foster parents. Last fall, his foster parents adopted him, and he had his forever home!
His foster parents shared a heart-warming story about his sunflower. One of his chores at his foster home was to mow the lawn. Last fall, he noticed a late-blooming flower growing in their yard, and he took great care not to mow over the flower.
His foster parents saw their foster son nurturing this flower, and took pictures of it. On his adoption day, they gave him a framed picture of the sunflower as a gift. During the adoption proceedings, they talked about how it symbolized their son’s spirit, and how, like the sunflower, he also was a late bloomer. He has blossomed into their son. Like the flower, he needed nurturing and attention to bloom.
Congratulations to all of the new families!
What life-changing stories can you create for a child?
Note: Stories are shared with permission.