Meet Paw-Paw Pettway By Shay Stinson On November 5, 2019, the agency’s Mobile, Alabama region hosted an online case review where our CEO Abdul Seraaj interviewed our foster parent Michael Pettway, a retired auto mechanic who still makes close family house calls...
By Intisar Seraaj Janice Saylor has been a foster parent with Seraaj Family Homes, Inc. her husband Clayton Saylor for about 18 years. They live in Troy, Alabama with their adopted son and daughter Marcuse S. and Taylor B. Q: Can you tell me a little about yourself?...
With preparation and help, youth in foster care should be able to successfully age forward and begin their lives with optimism and hope.
Bobbie Simpson is a foster parent with her husband Terry Simpson with Seraaj Family Homes, Inc. They’ve been with the company for about seven years and live in Munford, Alabama. They adopted a sibling duo (their son Jamal and daughter Contrell) through the agency. They also have two biological sons.
My kids all help each other. It’s like I birthed them all; I birthed them through love. I adopted them because love wouldn’t let go. I fell in love with them and I couldn’t let go. I had to keep them.
My wife and I have been with Seraaj [Family Homes, Inc.] since either 1999 or 2000. We’ve adopted six kids and raised even more. I do whatever I can, as long as God gives me and my wife the strength.
“The key thing is if you’re going to foster you have to love kids,” said Mattie. “You have to have patience. If you don’t have love for children and you don’t have patience, then don’t get into this business.”
Richard “Rusty” Kays has been involved with the foster care system for most of his life. He says he grew up in foster care since he was 3 days old and aged out of the system when he was 18. But he had a consistent foster family. He’s been paying that love forward for the past two decades as a foster parent himself with Seraaj Family Homes, Inc.
By Intisar Seraaj Charlene Armstead, a resident of Hueytown, Alabama, was introduced to fostering through her best friend Bernadette Rush, a foster parent for Seraaj Family Homes, Inc. (SFH). Armstead says she was exposed to youth in foster care when visiting Rush’s...
Swoopes has been a nurturer since she was a child. She’s the eleventh child of 14. She says she enjoyed having a large family and being surrounded by kids. Swoopes remembers her older siblings being protective of her, just as she was protective of her younger siblings. She recalls her mom and father teaching her and her siblings to always look out for each other, and now she’s doing that for others’ children.