Reflecting on Foster Children’s Progress

Submitted by a SFH Office Manager

While working in foster care one needs to stop at times and reflect about the foster children and their success stories. Recently, that is what I did. I was thankful for progress made in the lives of the children. I am not a clinical professional and my degrees are in other areas, but I am readily able to see the drastic changes in these children.

makingprogressOne such child is “J”.

I remember the day J came into care. She was upset and was looking disheveled. When the workers tried to comb her hair, she would cry. She could not walk at all, and was completely nonverbal. Her only means of communication consisted of a few words that she used in sign language. At that point, it is hard to see the future. However, one must be consistent and know that with proper care and guidance a child can progress, although they are a special needs child.

If you saw J today, in relation to her initial appearance and conduct, you would be amazed. Today J is walking and able to communicate more readily. While speaking to a current social worker, she said that J is able to say the worker’s name, is more verbal, has learned to better communicate, can identify people, knows where her house is, is better at independently feeding herself, can sign the letter A; and identify hair, mouth, hands and feet. Another social worker noted that the Department of Human Resources social worker, upon a recent visit, said that she could not believe in the progress this precious child has made. 

The second case I reflected on is about twin girls with Autism. Within the last six months, they have improved greatly in many areas. Among the noted improvements are: having less severe tantrums, going to the bathroom on their own, knowing how to put on their seatbelt, ability to attend school, talking more, writing names, and eating healthy.

Also, one of the twins can calm herself down when having a tantrum.

I appreciate working with Seraaj Family Homes, Inc.; I appreciate working with a group of passionate, skilled professionals who truly are committed to enhancing the lives of children. This makes one’s heart warm and thankful.

“A man only begins to be a man when he ceases to whine and revile, and commences to search for the hidden justice which regulates his life. And he adapts his mind to that regulating factor, he ceases to accuse others as the cause of his condition, and builds himself up in strong and noble thoughts; ceases to kick against circumstances, but begins to use them as aids to his more rapid progress, and as a means of the hidden powers and possibilities within himself.”

― James Allen, “As a Man Thinketh