Saturday, Jan 28, 2017
A child with significant medical needs came into care at 8 years old. She was just barely walking and had a feeding tube. Her mother was deceased and her father was not able to care for her due to his own significant mental health history so she was placed in a medical foster home. A GAL volunteer was appointed to Elsie in 2010 and he followed this little girl’s journey closely. He wanted her to have a forever home. He contacted her case manager to see what was being done to find Elsie a forever home. He discovered that a family from Texas had seen this little girl on a recruitment website and had expressed interest in having Elsie join their family. Due to the fact that lived inTexas, the agency dismissed this family for consideration. The GAL volunteer, with the assistance of the GAL program, followed up with the agency including the management at the agency and with the family. The GAL pushed for this family to be considered and at least given the opportunity to be interviewed. After much effort, the GAL was successful at getting this family interviewed and the match process proceeded. Elsie was moved to Texas last summer. She is now thriving-her feeding tube has been removed, her medications have been reduced and she has special shoes to improve her walking. She now has a large family, including many siblings and extended family and the adoption will be in the fall. If not for the GAL, this little girl would have likely aged out of foster care and faced placement in a state institution for the rest of her life. Now she has a forever family and the care she needs!