As the advocate began conducting home visits and background checks, she discovered the aunt's wife had prior convictions and had served prison time. This background typically creates a barrier to being a foster caregiver. However, with no other options available, the advocate investigated further and discovered the wife’s own personal trauma from growing up in foster care.
During her incarceration, she completed an intensive rehabilitation program with an emphasis on accountability and support for transitioning to employment. With a deeper understanding of the circumstances, the advocate presented her recommendations for permanent placement.
One year later, all three are happy and thriving. The wife expressed gratitude for a second chance to provide Zac with a loving, supportive home—the kind she wished she had growing up.
“I didn’t think I’d ever get a second chance. You’ve given me an opportunity that nobody else has.”
In her line of work, this advocate learned that people are far more than their past stories. Understanding intimately the impact of a poor foster placement, the aunt and her wife give Zac intentional and loving care.
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