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Cheryl's Story

 

Foster Care for Mother and Daughter

 

Cheryl*, an infant at the time, was placed in the Aberdeen KidsPeace Therapeutic Foster home of Ms. H. who was already providing foster care for Cheryl's teenage mother. While the mother was in placement, she turned 18 and signed a CARS Agreement with DSS to stay in care to continue to work on her education, independent living skills and parenting skills. After only a few months, the mother decided to terminate her CARS Agreement and, as an adult, sign herself out of care.

Although Cheryl was in a good home and receiving all the necessary care for what was then determined to be significant Developmental Disabilities, Cheryl was in effect, abandoned by her mother. The custodial DSS Agency decided to leave Cheryl in the current foster home with Ms. H., as it was clearly in her best interest. Although Cheryl's progress has been slow and limited, and her disabilities will forever limit her, she has continued to make progress with the devotion and dedication of her foster parent. Doctors had even reported that there was a likelihood Cheryl would never crawl or walk or talk. At the age of three and a half, Cheryl could still not talk, was having difficulty walking and had not met many developmental milestones. Attempts to teach her sign language were also not very effective.

The biological parents’ rights were terminated this year, and, now at the age of 4, Cheryl does have limited walking ability, crawls like a maniac, still does not talk, but squeals and uses some different tones to make herself known. She is also now learning to use and understand some sign language. Cheryl has now been given the greatest gift: She has been adopted by her foster parent Ms. H. who has been there for her since she was 9 months old and will continue to be there for her indefinitely.

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*Names changed to protect privacy

 
   
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