Great-Aunt Will Adopt Nephew

April 22, 2022
VERMONT: Daniel* is a preteen who lives in a residential setting that provides specialized services for children. In his four years in foster care, Daniel has had inconsistent contact from relatives. His Wendy’s Wonderful Kids® (WWK) recruiter from Lund Family Center began to find people in his extended family. Using the Connect Our Kids tech platform, his recruiter identified 32 connections. One of these connections was a great-aunt who previously had a close relationship with Daniel. Which begs the question: how did they lose contact? 

After Daniel entered into state custody, his parent refused to share family information with the Department of Children and Families (DCF). His great-aunt tried unsuccessfully to locate him. His recruiter sympathized with the many challenges  navigating the system.

“I used to work at DCF and admittedly, I couldn’t understand why a child's  family wasn’t involved. Now, I get it. The state government is intimidating. You need a navigator to get through. But also, DCF workers are operating on little sleep and dealing with crisis on top of crisis… calling a distant relative could easily get lost.”

Due to his recruiter’s persistence, Daniel is in the process of being adopted by his great-aunt. She loves him very much and is determined to never lose contact with him again.

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*Names have been changed to protect privacy.

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