The Jones siblings are getting adopted
Ms. Smith* says for all individuals thinking about fostering, “don’t be afraid, just do it”. She believes if you open up your heart and give it a try, you have the opportunity to change a life.
The Jones* siblings – Jenny, Josh, Jessie, and Jamie– have been living with their foster-mother, Ms. Smith for 7 years. After only a year and a half of being in the care of Ms. Smith, she knew that she wanted to adopt the youth. She says the best part of this experience has been the genuine love that she feels for the kids and the love she knows that they feel for her.
Ms. Smith began her journey as a foster parent when two of her nieces were placed in foster care. She said there are “so many kids that need someone” and felt it was her responsibility to spread love to youth in need. Ms. Smith* believes that by giving the youth a chance at a better life she is able to help them to reach their fullest potential.
Spending ten minutes with the family is all you need to see that the youth want to make Ms. Smith proud. A Tuesday evening in their home was spent discussing how Jenny and Jessie are striving to be the valedictorians of their middle school class. Jenny wants to be her class president and Jessie wants to be a part of the National Junior Honor Society. One thing Ms. Smith says is that if she can help the youth get further in life, her job as a foster parent has been fulfilled.
Seven years after living in Ms. Smith’s home, the youth are in the last steps of finalizing their adoption with the State of Illinois. So, how will they celebrate the adoption? Ms. Smith says that they will definitely have a party. They already celebrate their “Gotcha-Day” in August, so the adoption day will be one more day they can celebrate each other being together.
*Name has been changed to protect confidentiality.