Every day, we hear terrible stories in the news media about children being abused.
But there is hope. At Family Resource Center, we see firsthand what can happen when the cycle of abuse is broken. Children can become safe and thrive, families can grow stronger, and we can imagine a day when abuse is a distant memory.
The individuals we help are inspiring. Here is Connor's Story.
Yesterday was a special day for Deania, a Foster Care Manager at FRC. Michelle, a Medical Foster Parent, was in Family Court to receive legal guardianship of Connor, a severely handicapped child. Both mother and son were dressed in Sunday best and, although Connor was slumped to one side of his wheelchair and seemed oblivious to his surroundings, Deania suspected he sensed the excitement.
Deania described Connor’s medical condition to the judge: severe mental impairment, a g-tube, non-verbal, totally dependent on Michelle for his care. Then the judge asked her the question she had been waiting to answer for months: Should this foster parent be granted guardianship of Connor? Deania’s voice rang through the courtroom with total conviction. How could she describe, in the few minutes allotted her, the wonders of this foster mom?
Connor has been in Michelle’s care for four years. Medical Foster Parents receive CPR and specialized training in order to care for children with medical disabilities, but Michelle has gone beyond that. She provides for 24 hour nursing care for Connor, assuring that all of his medical needs are met by one consistent person, whether he is in her home, or at his special school. Connor is loved.
As the judge granted guardianship, Deania’s smile was as wide as Michelle’s. She knows she can never adequately thank Michelle – and all the amazing foster parents – who love and care for her foster kids. A hug would have to do for now.
To read more compelling stories about the children and families we help, check out Family Resource Center's blog.
And if you are a survivor of abuse and have a story that you'd like to share, we'd love to hear from you. Speaking out against abuse not only heals, but helps spread awareness in the community that this is a problem that needs to be stopped. Please send us an email and share your story.
*Names and details have been changed to protect our clients.