Who DCF Serves

Who DCF Serves

Who are the children?  We have great kids, who find themselves in unfortuate situations.  DCF children are:

  •   0-18 Years Old
  •   All races, cultures, religions and sexual orientations
  •   All economic backgrounds
  •   Some may have behavioral health issues
  •   Most have a history of neglect and/or abuse
  •   Some may be minor mothers with children
  •   Some may have Medically complex issues
  •   Sibling groups

Real-life stories.
Foster children range from babies to teens, come from varying circumstances, and have a diversity of needs. Here are some of the many children who are blossoming in their foster families, despite coming from difficult backgrounds.

Infant
When Jen and Chris became foster parents to “Sara,” she was three months old and had large motor delays.  Sara’s birth mother, who had substance abuse issues, had neglected her.  The baby was left in her car seat for long periods of time, “so she had no muscle development in her trunk and neck.  She could only turn her head one way,” said Jen.  Physical therapy worked wonders, as did the love provided by her foster parents.  After 7 months with the family, Sara went to live with her adoptive family in November 2011.  “Her departure was painful but her adoptive parents are very interested in keeping us in her life.  Our intention was to give her a good start and a solid foundation.  I think we succeeded in doing that.”

Siblings
Irene and her husband, who have foster and adoptive children and a biological child, know that when it comes to family, love is all that matters.  When they adopted 17-year-old “Sam,” they learned that he had a younger half-brother, “Scott.”  Said his foster mom, “he was bipolar, used expressive language, had problems with short-term memory because of ADHD, and was probably operating on a first-grade level.”  But they didn’t think twice about ensuring the boys were kept together.  Since taking Scott in, they’ve had “good times and bad times,” but there is plenty to cheer about.  “He’s a swimmer, and got a trophy for swimmer of the year last year,” his foster mom said proudly.  Most importantly, when troubles arise, as they inevitably will, “he knows where to come when he needs me.”

Adolescent
Many parents dread the onset of their children’s teenage years.  Hilda is not one of them.  In fact, she’s served as a foster mom to several different teens, after raising her own kids, who are now adults.  Her husband Angel, who was married once before, never had children of his own, and loves being a parent.  The teens, abused or neglected when they arrived, are now doing well. “Tania” and “Nicole,” 15 and 16, are both interested in sports, and “get along as if they were sisters.”  “Maria,” 18, is a museum manager, and “Zoe,” 21, is studying to become an EMT.  Hilda said it took a while for the kids to adjust to their foster home, “but they don’t want to leave now.  They feel secure, which makes me feel good.  I like to see children thrive.”

Medically complex
During their marriage, a Watertown couple had been foster parents to 77 children – “some for a few days, some for several years.” So they took it in stride when they learned that their new twin foster daughters were medically challenged.  “Molly” had “a lot of mental health issues, while “Melanie” had serious problems with her heart, vocal cords, esophagus and trachea.  Now five, the girls are still bright lights in a family that includes a variety of foster and adopted children and one biological child.  Being a foster mom to medically complex kids “has to come from your heart,” said Irene.  “Not everyone can do it. But for me, it has made me realize I have a purpose in life – to spend time with these kids as a family.”

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