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The Importance of Second Chances

KANSAS: Baby boy Zac* needed a loving and supportive home. His family-finding advocate from Cornerstones of Care used the Connect Our Kids technology platform and found an aunt who wanted to take in little Zac.

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 trauma from growing up in foster care.

During her incarceration, she completed an intensive rehabilitation program emphasizing accountability and support for transitioning to employment. With a deeper understanding of the circumstances, the advocate presented her recommendations for permanent placement.

A 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 the impact of a poor foster placement intimately, the aunt and her wife give Zac intentional and loving care.

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 Baby Zac? You can today by donating HERE.

*Name has been changed to protect privacy.

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