OHIO: Abigail* is a lovely, quiet 13-year-old girl who entered foster care not too long ago under very tragic circumstances. Typically a child of that age is able to self advocate for whom they would prefer to live. In Abigail’s case, her traumas have significantly impaired her ability to voice her own wants and needs.
Abigail currently lives in a residential facility. She is doing the best she can under her circumstances, but she is struggling. She receives therapy; is learning her numbers and letters; and is discovering what healthy boundaries are for her personal growth and development. However, she would benefit from one-on-one attention that can only be provided by a loving and responsive family.
There is hope for Abigail.
Abigail has a dedicated Wendy’s Wonderful Kids® (WWK) recruiter who has worked tirelessly to search for family connections. With Abigail’s limited speech, early efforts to identify her extended family and important people in her life were challenging. Using the few details available, her recruiter searched our People Search and Family Connections tools. Already, 37 people in Abigail’s life have been found, including her father and step-mother.
Abigail is no longer completely alone as she enjoys regular visits from her grandmother. The recruiter has also identified a prospective adoptive family who visits her and is making the effort to build a meaningful relationship.
Abigail’s WWK recruiter continues to use our Connect Our Kids tools to build out her family tree and reach out to relatives to provide support to Abigail and her potential adoptive family when they want to get to know more about her biological family.
“These tools are very helpful and I think this will be a great gift for her in her future.”
Connect Our Kids is a non-profit dedicated to leveraging technology to find families, build connections, and create a community for children in the foster care system. Want to help more children like Abigail? You can today by donating HERE.
*Name has been changed to protect privacy.