SFH news appearance sparks fostering/adoption inquiries
By Intisar Seraaj-Sabree
Seraaj Family Homes, Inc.
For National Adoption Month Washington D.C.’s FOX 5 News broadcasted a morning news segment highlighting Seraaj Family Homes, Inc. (SFH) foster program and one of its foster families.
The segment aired November 13 at 9 a.m., and included SFH’s foster parent, or Professional Family Teacher, Lea Collins-Lee and her 17-year-old, adopted daughter Sylvia Fisher. They were accompanied by Kelly Bridgette Burke, SFH’s Director of Marketing & Recruitment, as they discussed their adoption story.
“Hearing their story for the first time was so exciting,” Burke said. “It always makes me feel good that people have connected on that level, especially [with] teens.”
According to Burke, families who adopt teens are rare because of the stigma attached to teenage behavior. But this did not stop Lee from adopting Fisher. Lee fostered Fisher for two years before the adoption was legal; however, Lee and her husband knew long before then that they wanted to make Fisher a part of their family forever.
Lee said when Fisher heard that the adoption was finalized she ran and jumped onto her new mother’s lap and said, “Yay, it’s over!” Fisher admits that before the Lees adopted her she was in a previous foster home, and had encountered several difficulties.
“The good Lord got me through [it],” Fisher said.
After the segment aired, a Maryland family contacted Burke the same day inquiring about SFH’s therapeutic foster care program. This family was also interested in fostering teenagers.
“We have received so many calls as a result of this television appearance, and now we have someone that wants to make a difference in the life of a youth,” Burke said.
The love between Fisher and Lee was visible on-screen, from their adoption story to the news reporter on the verge of tears. Thanks to FOX 5’s segment, there is one more family ― and possibly many more ― who will also look past the stigmas of adoption/fostering and open their hearts and homes to an adolescent in need.
Watch the FOX 5 news segment here: http://bit.ly/19EXgu4.