Celebrating Adoption: "FROM HOPELESS TO HOPEFUL: FINDING A FAMILY FOR PAUL"
FROM HOPELESS TO HOPEFUL: FINDING A FAMILY FOR PAUL
By Courtney Angeles
Courtney is a Wendy’s Wonderful Kids recruiter and works each day to find loving, permanent homes for children in foster care.
The strength and resiliency of children in foster care is awe inspiring and the families that open their hearts and homes to our kids give me hope for the future. The story that highlights the joys and challenges for me the most is my first case as a Wendy’s Wonderful Kids recruiter. It happened six years ago.
Reading through “Paul’s” file I started to panic. He had more than 15 placements and was only nine years old. He was residing at a group home for children with significant behavioral issues. Paul had a horrific early childhood experience filled with neglect, physical and sexual abuse. As a result, he came into care and began physically and sexually acting out himself. How on Earth would I ever find a family for him? [...]