41 Connections Found For Teen Who Spent Years in Care

April 22, 2022
VERMONT: Adam* has been in foster care for eight years due to parental substance and physical abuse. Growing up with violence, Adam developed reactive and physical patterns of behavior that resulted in his living in a group home after several failed foster home experiences. When Adam was assigned a Wendy’s Wonderful Kids® (WWK) recruiter from Lund Family Center, she asked him who was on his call sheet? Adam responded that he is “not connected to anyone.” 

Fueled with a sense of urgency, his recruiter used the Connect Our Kids technology platform to search for family and community connections for Adam.  His recruiter described the Connect Our Kids Family Connections platform as an exciting way to create a “big beautiful map” of support.   As a former Department of Children and Families (DCF) caseworker, she was impressed with its organization of logging contacts and documents and found it easier to identify potential contacts than with previous manual paper files.  She also recognized the benefit of color-coding to denote family members with documented incidents of violence.  The recruiter identified 41 potential contacts and began outreach efforts.

Adam has been excited about piecing together his family history and his place in it. He has received photos, letters, gifts, phone calls, and in-person visits. After learning about Adam’s need for connection and permanency, some family members have asked for an opportunity  to care for him and others have asked to meet him for the first time.

“He’s our family; We want to be there for him. We want to get to know him”.

After feeling alone for so long, these new connections to the family can be overwhelming at times.  Adam is working with his therapist to accept this dramatic turn of events in his life. He is extremely grateful and cannot stop smiling these days.

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*Names have been changed to protect privacy.

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