Pat Hatley wants to keep his small family together — but as a homeless dad, he worries every day that he might lose custody of his 10-year-old boy.
Alyson Trinidad can easily name her most horrific experience ever: the day seven and a half years ago when Child Protective Services took away her daughter Jennie, then 18 months old.
While strung out on heroin, Anne Bissell spent hours, sometimes days, passed out in the bathroom or bedroom.
It took less than a year for Yesenia Campos’ life to fall apart after she started smoking crack in 2002.
Children might end up in foster care after enduring abuse or neglect. Maybe a birth parent is an addict or has an untreated mental illness. Perhaps the children witnessed domestic violence.
Angela Chintis teaches the nurturing parenting series at Casa de los Niños. Previously she trained prospective foster and adoptive parents for Arizona’s Children Association.
The piercing cries of a colicky baby, a toddler kicking and screaming as she struggles to express herself, a fourth-grader acting out at home because he is being bullied at school.
Foster children often arrive at their new homes with just the clothes on their backs, or maybe a garbage bag of belongings. But they all carry a history.
Pima County has about five times as many foster children as foster homes, so local agencies are recruiting outside the core group of straight, married couples who make up most of the state’s foster families.
Casa de los Niños cares for up to 48 children at a time.