Success Stories

In the field of child welfare the successes must be celebrated. The following are just a few, each from different Agency locations and placing counties.

During the first week of April ’10 we saw a sibling set of two school-age children reunify with their mother after only six months of foster care placement. The mother had to address her mental health and sub-standard living issues, as well as demonstrate the ability to make her children’s school attendance a priority. Through the six month placement period the foster parents were very supportive of the children’s ongoing contact with their mother. The foster parents also dedicated considerable time and effort to helping the children catch up to their grade level in school, as well as engaging the children in their church’s youth activities. Upon reunification the mother arranged for her children to continue attending the foster parent’s church with her, to maintain contact and the positive influence in their lives. The county social worker advised us that the foster family was exceptionally adept at supporting this family’s swift reunification.

During the last week of March ’10 we saw a toddler child successfully adopted with her foster family. The child was born in Los Angeles, and diagnosed at birth with profound Down’s Syndrome. Following a brief temporary medical placement in her home county this child was moved to our certified home that only adopts children with Down’s. After six months of foster placement this child was adopted. Due to this success, which is uncommon for foster children with severe and lifelong medical conditions, Los Angeles County has asked our family to adopt the biological sister as well, also with Down’s Syndrome. The paperwork is currently being processed.

In late February ’10 we accepted in to placement a teenager that presented as trans-gender, meaning the child is biologically female but is a male both emotionally and intellectually. Per the county’s request we placed this child with a lesbian couple, which helped ease his anxiety relative to his trans-gender persona. The child had a history of depression and feigned suicide attempts, and within one month of this placement both conditions became apparent. Through a partnership between our Agency social worker and the foster parents we established an around-the-clock monitoring and communication system until the child could be assessed by county mental health, which initially minimized the seriousness of the child’s condition. After six days of worsening behaviors the child was hospitalized, and medications were initiated. It has been almost three weeks and the child remains in placement, is relatively stable, and attending school every day.

In January ’10 we accepted back in to placement a pre-adolescent child who had been in our long-term care two years before. Since that time he’d cycled in and out of three county foster homes, as well as two residential group homes. We had remained in contact with his county social workers, given his prior lengthy placement history with us. At Christmas he was moved to the local children’s shelter after being discharged from group home care. While at the shelter he told the staff he was tired of bouncing from place to place, and hoped our Agency could find him a home. We matched him with one of our single foster fathers who had previous experience operating a residential group home for boys. The placement quickly ensued, and this child has been with us, stable and relatively happy, for over two months.

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