A Tale of Two Siblings

December 13, 2018
Adoption is such a blessing to so many of the children who enter into our care without the ability of returning home. However, so often, the assumption is that all children in foster care desire to be adopted, but many times that has not been the case. There are several factors that go into choosing a permanent home for these amazing children, and sometimes, adoption turns out not to be the best option for a particular child at a particular time.

Sarah and Carmen came to live at the Children's Attention Home, along with a younger sister, about three years ago. After two years with us, they were all placed in a pre-adoptive home. Six months later, at the age of 17 years old, Carmen chose to come back to the Home. One month after her return, 18 year old Sarah was right behind her. “Sarah and Carmen consider the Home their family and refer toa lot of the staff as ‘mom'. Especially, Sarah! She stayed connected with most of our teammates during her absence because she identified them as her support system,” according to Alicia Scott, Residential Services Director.

Sarah was an avid participant in her high school's marching band and maintained above a 4.0 GPA throughout her high school career. Carmen has also maintained an Honor Roll standing while at the Home and babysits in her spare time. These two are your typical teenage girls spending time on their phones, hanging out at the mall, and experimenting as much as they can with makeup. They just happen to be in foster care and we couldn't be more honored that they'd want to spend their last years in foster care at the Children's Attention Home with our family.

When asked why they chose to come back to the Home, Carmen said “I had goals and I knew you guys would help me reach them. The staff here is really caring.” According to Sarah, “we're all just family here.”

Both Carmen and Sarah will be graduating from a local high school this month! Carmen will be attending York Technical College next semester where she will be working toward a degree in Early Childhood Development. Sarah will be working full-time while she continues to save to attend a four-year college in the fall of 2019.

Karla Green, longtime House Mom, says “Carmen is a very determined young lady who is excited to see what her future holds”. While Alicia describes Sarah as “a ray of sunshine at the Home who is always positive and optimistic about her situation. She is role model to all the kids on campus.”

We love them and we congratulate them! Let's wish these young ladies all the best as they step into the next chapter of their lives.