A Child's Life
Realities for former foster youth:

33% will be on the streets within three years
66% are high school dropouts
50% are unemployed
60% will have babies within four years

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Healing the pain

Stephanie

Addiction is a powerful monster. It can steer you down a dark path, destroying everything around you: your life, your home … your family. It happened to Stephanie.

Soon after Stephanie, a single mother of four, moved to a new town, she joined the wrong crowd. Temptation surrounded her. Before long, she was a drug addict. She quickly spiraled out of control and lost her home. She was in no position to care for her children. Stephanie hit her rock bottom.

Yet she wasn’t alone – and her strongest source of support came from Doris, a loving Children’s Home Society of Florida foster mom who cared for 2-month-old Bethany while Stephanie fought her addictions. Doris and her husband, both retired, have fostered several children and have a special way of connecting with parents overcoming obstacles.

“In the beginning, it was so hard not knowing where my children were or how they were,” Stephanie says. “But once I got to know the foster parents, I was more comfortable because I knew they were in good homes.”

Still, being away from her children was lonely. It was scary. Stephanie’s heart ached for her kids, and she knew the only way get them back was to beat her addiction.

“I knew there was no way to change by myself,” Stephanie explains.

She sought help, got clean. She found encouragement and hope with Children’s Home Society of Florida … Stephanie had peace knowing loving families opened their hearts and homes to give her children a safe place to live while she worked toward sobriety. She became stronger. Empowered.
Perhaps most important to Stephanie is how much Children’s Home Society of Florida cares about her entire family. While we offered support and guidance, our foster families provided her children with happy, loving homes so she could focus on getting well. Now sober, she’s the mom she’s always wanted to be. And while her four children are now home, Stephanie still cherishes the encouragement she received from Children’s Home Society of Florida and from our loving foster parent Doris.

“I love Doris so much; she is a godsend to me,” Stephanie says. “She helps me not only with Bethany, but with all of my children. I appreciate Doris for everything she’s done for me. I love her. No matter where I go, she’ll always be a part of my daughter’s life.”

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