Boys & Girls Aid

How we are stopping the movement of children in foster care

In March 2013, Mae entered foster care. Her parents were regularly using drugs. At the age of 5, she was being neglected on a daily basis.

Rather than finding stability in foster care, she proceeded to move between seven different homes over a three year period. Her longest stay in one home amounted to less than a year. By the time Mae came to Boys & Girls Aid, she was yearning for a family of her own.

Moving is tough. A move can mean leaving behind the places we know and the people we love. For children, a move can be life-altering. With each move, they lose their friends, their teachers and their roots. For those of us who moved as children, or lost friends to a move, it’s an experience we never forget.


Finding a path out of the foster care system

When a family has their parental rights terminated, children are at-risk of staying in foster care permanently and never finding a family. Our approach ensures every child moves beyond past abuse and neglect to find their forever family. We first seek out extended family and friends. If we can’t find next of kin, then we look for adoptive families who can meet the needs of a specific child. Our efforts lead to a much better outcome for all children at-risk of growing up in foster care.


A personal story about adoption from foster care

As I shared with you in our last newsletter, I was born in January 1971 to a mother addicted to drugs. I was immediately placed into foster care and adopted 32 days later by the right parents—my parents. I was raised in one household with a loving and caring family.

Families are not perfect. They have their issues and baggage, but having my own family made a difference in becoming the person I am today. This is something I am more certain of now than ever before.

Since 1885, Boys & Girls Aid has worked to ensure every child has a family. We believe now, as we did then, children should be raised by families, not institutions. We know children growing up around people who provide love, stability and support will have better outcomes than children bouncing from home to home in the foster care system.


Six siblings find their forever family after growing up in foster care

Tamilio family

Today, Angelica, 15, Maria, 14, Lupe, 12, Ramon, 9, Dalia, 7 and Vinnie, 3, live together as one family. They will grow up going to the same schools and will always know the bond of family. There was a time when this outcome seemed impossible.

The five oldest siblings entered foster care in 2009. The youngest, Vinnie, joined them soon after he was born. State officials determined that their birth family could no longer care for them.

Over the next six years, the siblings would be split up, reunited, adopted and sent back into foster care. All told, they would live in 40 different homes and spend a combined 12,570 days in foster care.


Board president continues to support youth in foster care

Gabe Nachand recently rejoined the Boys & Girls Aid Board of Directors as Board Chair after taking a break for a few years. We sat down with him to learn more about why he’s passionate about helping youth in foster care and what he hopes to accomplish during his time on the board.

I met my wife Marina in 2006 and we’ve been married since 2008. We have a 13-year-old son and a 5-year-old daughter named Mira, and we live in Happy Valley. Yes – it is happy there. I officially adopted my son in 2011 and we changed his middle and last name at that time. He has since decided to go by his middle name (Gabriel), so we now have two people going by “Gabe” in the house – which is definitely taking some time to get used to.


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