At Seraaj Family Homes our Foster Parents are professionals and that is why we call them a Professional Family Teacher (PFT).
At Seraaj we provide monthly trainings on a variety of topics. Please click here to visit our Foster Parent page for more information on becoming a Foster Parent.
I have been with Seraaj [Family Homes] for 14 years, [and] have been so blessed in my decision to be a foster and adoptive parent with [the agency]. It has been such a wonderful experience for me and I would never change it. With Seraaj Family Homes, I have been able to change the lives of children for the better. I would not have been able to accomplish this if it wasn’t for the foster parents I had growing up and Seraaj Family Homes.
[I] have adopted three children, and currently have another foster child from Seraaj Family Homes. My oldest adopted son is 23 [years old] and has followed his dreams going into the military. My 22-year-old [adopted] son is following his dreams of working as a chef. My 21-year-old adopted son had gone into the Navy after graduating from high school [and] after having a rough life before coming to Seraaj.
I would encourage others who have a big heart to make a difference in a child’s life, [and] to come to Seraaj and see what I am talking about.
Baby A, was born two month early weighting only 2 lbs. Her parents and I have a wonderful relationship, they visit every week and we are all happy about the arrangements.
When I asked her mother what was on her mind, she replied, “You may think that we are crazy, but we’re not. We want her to stay with you as long as we can see her. Would you consider it?”
My answer was yes. I think that she has to be the luckiest little girl in the world to have two mothers who love her.
Mrs. Dubose stated that once the visits and phone calls began she could immediately tell a difference in the child. After a while, the child told Mrs. Dubose that he wished they could keep his siblings. Mrs. Dubose responded, “If I could, I would do it just for you.” Later the child was moved to a treatment facility but Mr. and Mrs. Dubose kept their promise they had made. When the child’s sister began having placement issues in another home, the Duboses agreed to keep them in their home. When the girls became eligible for adoption, the Dubose family was eager for them to become a permanent part of their lives; they adopted the girls.
Amazingly, the Dubose family continues to foster other children. The couple stated that if the other children in their care become eligible for adoption they will adopt them too.
Once I returned home, I enrolled in college and began educating everyone in my family and community about their rights under the foster care system. These experiences shaped my journey to adulthood and inspired me to foster. I have been a Professional Family Teacher for 40 years. During these years, my husband and I have raised 84 children.
As I see it, fostering involves teaching the child and their biological family an alternate way of living. Professional Family Teachers assist in the healing process of the child and the family so that the children can reconnect and become an asset to their communities. This is the main reason I chose to work with Seraaj Family Homes, Inc. This agency is centered around the family reunification and the healing of the entire family system. I am proud to be a part of a mission so fulfilling and innovative.
As the mother of a social worker, I would often sit and listen to my daughter talk about how difficult it was to find good placements for many of the children she serviced. The more I heard about those difficulties, the more I began to think about fostering. I had a conversation with my son about how he would feel if we opened up our home to a child who needed somewhere to stay until he or she could return home to their own biological family.
After the orientation, I knew that choosing to foster a child with Seraaj was the right choice. I was encouraged to ask questions and to learn as much as I could during my 10-week GPS course.
Since I have been working with Seraaj, I have always been treated with dignity and respect. At Seraaj, everyone knows that you are never alone. Seraaj Family Homes, Inc. has a strict 24/7 service delivery policy, and it is important that all calls are answered or returned promptly.
There has never been a time in my 14 1/2 years with Seraaj that my calls have not been answered.
LaRita Smith is an adult adoptee and Seraaj Family Homes, Inc. Social Worker. Ms. Smith stated that she finds her work with Seraaj very rewarding. During National Foster Care and Adoption month Ms. Smith shared some of her life experiences as an adoptive child. She stated that she always knew that she was adopted but she never really understood what they meant until she was about 13 1/2. During her teen years she began to ask questions about her biological family but no one had any answers which caused rebellion and depression. At age 28 she began the process of finding out about her biological family. Ms. Smith stated that her life’s history had been summed up in a page and half typed written document; however she stated that she had never felt so complete. Ms. Smith made a very profound statement in which she said, “to those who have adopted or thinking about adoption, remember children are going to have questions about who they are and where they come from; everyone what to know about the core essence of their being.” So don’t be afraid to allow an adoptive child to search for their biological family if they choose to do so.
Be sure to visit our blog Fostering Conversations to read more about our foster parents as well as fostering and/or adoption stories!