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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