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In the house next-door there are 3 little boys who are all dreaming of a family.  Each of them has experienced trauma and loss, most before their 1st birthday and then tragically, continually until they came into our care.  The boys have become brothers, learning to love and growing together.  They are rambunctious.  They love to play trucks and crash and bump.  Some of their favorite foods are beans, tortillas, eggs and fried chicken.  They get excited to participate in school lessons via Zoom and in person with the Legacy of Hope Foundation’s teacher.  They look forward to birthday parties and special events. They love to show you what they can do because they are bigger and stronger now.    In so many ways they look and sound like typical kids...

It takes a lot of work certify new foster families and to keep up with the existing ones!  DINAF (children and youth services) has chosen Legacy of Hope to be a "socio" in the newly established foster care program.  As a "socio" we act as a foster care agency that collaborates with DINAF to place children within families.  Among many other things, our responsibilities include recruiting, training, and supervising.   As you can imagine, we need a specialized team to assure that our children and families are supported and that we are able to keep up with the required administrative tasks . Our professional team consists of 2 full time and 1 part time employee.  These hard working women are responsible to: do new home studies perform psychological evaluations and all the necessary reports and paperwork for new families visit each existing family every month provide interventions (therapy plans, behavior modification...

  I began reviewing her file in preparation for the hearing later in the week. As I read over her case I realized that had forgotten so many details, including the testimony of the woman who called to report that Abigail's mother had left her in the care of a poor widow.   This begins her journey to a safe and loving family. “I remember going to visit her, the widow was carrying her and I could see that was chewing something, her face was smeared with spots of soot from the smoke of the stove where she cooked, but still she smiled when she made contact with the widow's grandson. I remember one night while returning from the church, it was freezing and the widow held Abagail tightly in her arms trying to keep her secure.  The girl cried hard and the widow said that that day she had not been able...

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