Eli was a year old and living with his eighteen year-old, single mother. Eli’s mother, Kim, was homeless, and did not have any kind of social support system. One day, she made the fateful decision to leave Eli with a man she barely knew so she could go to work. Authorities found Eli alone in a vehicle outside of a local tavern, and he was removed from his mother’s custody and placed in foster care.
Eli has some physical disabilities, and he did not do well in his first foster home. Eli’s case transferred into the care of Family Service & Children’s Aid, and he went to one of our foster homes. The Greens, an experienced foster family, have cared for foster children in their home for five years. They have adopted two foster children, and one of them has physical disabilities so they had some experience caring for a child with Eli’s special needs.
The Greens loved and nurtured Eli and he began to thrive in their home. The permanency plan was to reunify Eli with his mother, and the foster parents, along with FSCA child welfare staff, helped Eli’s mother find housing and other material resources. The Greens mentored Kim in how to care for her disabled son, and how to advocate with local agencies to provide him with the resources he needs to learn and grow.
Eli reunited with his mother, and he has not returned to foster care. To this day, the Greens continue to be a social support to Kim and Eli and the mother and child are doing well.