Denise Peacock, foster care recruiter for The Children’s Home, discussed Georgia’s foster care crisis and the Home’s efforts on Jan. 22 on Georgia Public Broadcasting’s radio show “On Second Thought.” She was joined by Children’s Home foster parent Alison Hope.
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In December, Alison and Brice Hope adopted Bryson, whom they had fostered for 17 months. The Hopes met Bryson when he was just two days old, and they stayed in the hospital for 12 days with him until he could come home.
“It was surreal,” said Alison. “You can’t even imagine walking into a hospital and meeting your child for the first time. It’s really a crazy experience. You fall in love instantly even if you try not to. It just happens. So really, from the first time I laid eyes on him, he was our son.”
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On Saturday, Dec. 13, The United Methodist Children’s Home hosted our annual Christmas event to celebrate the holidays with the families and children we serve. More than 275 volunteers, foster families, family housing residents and staff joined together to celebrate Christmas at The Children’s Home.
Kesha Bowers is not your average parent. A single mother holding a full-time job, in the past year she also has fostered seven children in need of a safe, nurturing temporary home; adopted one of those foster children; and is in the process of adopting another born with fetal alcohol syndrome. To say her household is organized would be an understatement.
In December 2013, Candice Thomas felt anything but hopeful. She had moved to Georgia for a job, but the position was eliminated before her first day. She relied on limited support from family, but then college student loans kicked in, and she soon found herself staying at a homeless shelter with her four-year-old daughter, Cadence.
“I was in survival mode,” said Candice. “It gets one through a tough time. I told my daughter that we were going on an adventure; we would be staying at dorms for a little while until I found a place for us to live. My daughter pretended it was a sleepover. Not until we moved into The Children’s Home did I cry.”