OHIO: Even though Emma* is a tween, her Wendy’s Wonderful Kids® (WWK) recruiter says Emma is not shy in communicating her needs and that she comes across as a natural born leader. Emma misses her one and only brother, who she was very close with when they grew up. Her brother was adopted and they currently do not have any contact. Emma hopes to reunite with him one day.
Emma’s WWK recruiter dug deep into her case file, and used the Connect Our Kids tools to start reaching out to every relative and kinship connection she could. Immediately she found updated contact information and within a month, she was able to contact two separate family members who remembered Emma as an infant. One of these contacts, an uncle from her mother’s side, felt compelled to reach out when he saw a photo of Emma.
“Wow. She looks just like her mom,” Emma’s uncle said.
Emma’s uncle is interested in caring for his niece and learning more about how to become a licensed adoptive parent.
Thanks to the WWK recruiter’s work, which includes using the family search Connect Our Kids tools, Emma also has a kinship connection who wants to be involved in her life in a meaningful way. This kinship relative used to baby sit Emma and knows what the foster care system is like. She doesn’t want Emma to be in foster care anymore and will do whatever she can to help. She also already contacted the agency about becoming a licensed foster/adoptive parent.
Emma is on her way to living with her family who knew her as a baby.
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 Emma? You can today by donating HERE.
*Name has been changed to protect privacy.