“It's exciting,” Jonathan, 9, said as he waited for his first opportunity to put on a cooking apron at New York Pizza & Pasta Tyler. For this child of the foster system, cooking is something he doesn’t get to do often. “It makes me feel like a new kid,” said Jonathan.
Ahead of Adoption Awareness month in November, an East Texas teen is shedding light on the importance of the self-less act of adoption. She shared her own story of triumph over tragedy at the R4 Adoption Match Event in Canton Saturday.
For teens in protective care, the biggest fear is aging out of the system.“I already signed a contract for extended foster care so I am going to stay in CPS when I turn 18,” said La’Rey. For La'Rey, the opportunity to stay into her early twenties gives her valuable time to find the forever family
For children who are unexpectedly placed in protective care, the clothes on their backs may be the only thing they have to wear for weeks to come. “They were taken in the middle of the night, I got them at 12:30 in the morning,” said the assistant director of Legacy Closet Veronica McGee.
For a young teen named Shyden, he's anything but shy. He's a 13-year-old with a clear vision of what he wants to be when he grows up. "I want to be the storm tracker," said Shyden. "I'm going to be a weather anchor and a news anchor!" The only thing missing is a family to support him.
For Alex, 15, every day is an adventure. "He's just such a good boy," said Alex's foster mother Yvonne Dixon. "I got him when he was 7 years old." Dixon's role as Alex's caretaker has been especially important for his health.
It was an afternoon of cooking up something delicious inside the Discovery Science Center with Destiny. This 11-year-old funny, inquisitive, creative and full of imagination. Destiny is currently in the 5th grade and loves art class. "It's painting and stuff and I like to paint," Destiny said. Destiny enjoys playing games, drawing, coloring, doing crafts, skating, going swimming, playing with dolls, helping with cooking and she loves teddy bears. Destiny also likes to play...
The month of April is Child Abuse Awareness Month. Several organizations are doing their part to help our youngest victims in all sorts of ways. Every day child victims of physical and sexual abuse come through the doors of the Children's Advocacy Center of Smith County. The non-profit serves children ages birth through 17 who have been victims of physical and/or sexual abuse, witnessed a violent crime or been exposed to community violence.