My passion for orphans and foster children began early in my life, partially because after the death of my father, I understood how easily I too could be orphaned. Shortly after my dad died, my mom was selected by a judge as a relative caregiver for a cousin of mine, a newborn removed from his home at 5 days old. At 12, I did all I could to help my mom who had already been struggling to provide for my brother and I but who desperately wanted to avoid losing contact with my cousin due to him entering foster care. This experience helped shape my passion for kids removed from their homes.
It's great to see a project that not only recognizes proper counseling need be given to both children and caregivers before and AFTER an adoption takes place. It would be great to hear how this project would be scaled larger for other cities.
As a person that fostered children for many years in a rural area, this project is quite exciting. Often during those years did I envy the caregivers who had access to specialized programing in bigger cities. It is difficult to know that your child could better thrive if only you could get them the help they needed. However, a two to four hour round trip to a therapist or specialist was simply not always in the allowance for our family. I must say BRAVO to this project.