Partnering with foster parents
Teens2HomesPartnering with foster parents
Robert's lengthy journey through foster care was often difficult. However, when Linda and Fad welcomed the teenager into their foster home 4 years ago, his life began to change. Robert quickly grew on Linda and Fad as well as the rest of the family. As he adapted to this stable family environment and matured under Linda and Fad's guidance, it became clear this would be the end of his journey in the foster care system. Robert's adoption was finalized May 20, 2008, just 3 days after his 16th birthday!
Robert had been involved with the Teens2Homes activities since the project's inception. He enjoyed singing with the community chorus and attended summer camp for 4 years. During camp he had the opportunity to work with his peers, listening to them talk about their adoption experiences, permanency options, and what being adopted would mean for him. Although Robert began camp with some ambiguity about his adoption and biological family, through listening and talking with peers and others in foster care, he solidified his commitment to being a part of Linda and Fad's family. During a subsequent summer, in the capacity of teen camp counselor, Robert was able to share his experiences growing up in the foster care system as well as his thoughts about permanency, including his adoption.
Robert, his adoption worker, and his foster care manager worked together to process some biological family issues while utilizing project activities to identify significant individuals in Robert's life and the options for permanency available to him. Although it was often difficult for Robert to verbally express his thoughts and feelings, it was evident in his actions and interactions with Linda and Fad that he saw them as his strongest advocates, most reliable supports, and his family for life. It is also clear through Linda and Fad's actions that they were always looking out for “what's best for our baby.” Robert summed it up: “I am happy that they adopted me and I am really part of their family.”