Great-Aunt Will Adopt Nephew

VERMONT: Daniel* had a close relationship with his great aunt, but unfortunately they lost contact after he was placed in state custody because his parent refused to share any family information with the Department of Children and Families (DCF).

37 Connections Found for Child Who Couldn’t Speak About Her Family

OHIO: Children who enter foster care routinely have developmental delays and difficulties with focus and attention. A developmental delay occurs when a child has not reached developmental milestones expected compared to their peers of similar age. These delays can show up in the child’s speech and language, motor functions, cognitive, play and social skills. 

Justin Black Rises Over Societal Expectations (Part 1)

Justin Black spent his childhood growing up in Detroit, Michigan. It was in Detroit where he avoided CPS, normalized the rampant drug use around him while also living in abandoned housing and hopping from one homeless shelter to another. Winter in an abandoned house was particularly rough for him and his family. With no running water or heat, Justin spent months scooping snow off of the ground, then carried those buckets inside and waited for the icy snow to melt. The melted snow was used as water for his makeshift showers. Then there were the years in foster care.

“Why Didn’t Anyone Find My Family Before?”

We often wonder if our People Search and Family Connections tools are making a difference for children in foster care and family finding professionals. We’re compelled to share one user’s email of how our software helped her find an aunt for a hard-to-place teenager. 

A Letter Leads to a Long Lost Relative

COLORADO: Noah has bounced around the foster care system for a long time, his advocate worked for more than two years on his case to find him a permanent home. With each move, it becomes harder for Noah to achieve a healthy and stable relationship. His dedicated advocate, diligent in her search, often hoped he could have at least one person in his life who will be there for him always. 

After a Lifetime in Foster Care, Teen Now Has a Family

OREGON: Calvin* was adopted out of foster care as a toddler, but many years later, he was placed back into the system. Calvin cannot live with his biological parents because they struggle with drug addiction, homelessness, and have had run-ins with law enforcement.

Youth Learns She Has Family That Cares For Her After All

OHIO: Danielle* was fast approaching her 21st birthday. Facing emancipation, she didn’t believe she had any family she could count on. Danielle’s father had been deported when she was very young and she felt alienated by her mother and her side of the family.

yWorks And Connect Our Kids Power A Revolution For Kids In Foster Care

yWorks, the market leader in graph visualization software solutions, has partnered with Connect Our Kids, a technology non-profit producing child welfare solutions, to power a revolution in the practice of finding permanent loving homes for children in foster care. Through the generous license donation and direct support of the yWorks team, the complete yFiles for HTML product now powers the family tree builder in Family Connections. Social Workers, family recruiters, and CASA Volunteers will now have free access to the same level of visual graphing techniques available to the most advanced systems used in commercial and public sector applications.