MINNESOTA: Cedric* is a teenage boy who has spent the last few years in the foster care system. Fortunately, an attentive caseworker paid attention to a casual comment about an adult half brother named Michael, a brother Cedric barely knew.
The caseworker’s diligence and use of our Family Connections tool led to a Facebook page, some addresses and Michael’s adoptive mother. Through a video call, this amazing mother helped Cedric connect with Michael who fortunately lives only 30 minutes away. Additionally, she shared that she and her partner adopted four other children who were Cedric’s half siblings.
Older brother Michael has asked about the steps he would need to take to foster Cedric. In the meantime, he is interested in having contact and being a supportive adult in Cedric’s life. Through our technology, Cedric’s caseworker was also able to reach Cedric’s paternal grandmother, who did not even know Cedric was in foster care. This grandmother has since provided more information about her family and is another potential permanent placement option for Cedric.
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 Cedric? You can today by donating HERE.
*Name has been changed to protect privacy.