It's #GivingTuesday! You can #gifthope to children, families and young people we serve across the country by giving today. Thanks to Konicaminolta, Strategic Online Systems and an anonymous donor, your gift will be quadrupled!! That's right, your gift can make 4X impact!
Every day, we are at work strengthening and restoring families so children can grow up safely. We know this gives them their best chance to reach their full potential. This #GivingTuesday, you can gift hope to families and young people, like Stephon, who come to us for help and to find their forever family!
Stephon is a loving 14-year-old boy who desperately wanted a family of his own. He came into care after running away from an abusive and neglectful home. After two attempts at other foster homes, Stephon was placed in our residential program to learn how to better deal with his past traumas.
Ms. Johnnie, after being certified to be a foster and adoptive parent, was very engaged and willing to do whatever was required to adopt Stephon and provide him with a loving home and the structure he needed. In October 2019, Stephon was placed with Ms. Johnnie. “I remember walking into her home.” said Stephon, “It smelled so fresh, like a brand new home.”
In June 2020, he was formally adopted by Ms. Johnnie. The little boy who had waited so long had finally found his forever family! Remember to #gifthope this Giving Tuesday for young people and families like Stephon and Ms. Johnie:
Evan is an adorable young man with lots of energy! He enjoys playing games, participating in sports, and video games. He would like a family who will watch TV and play games with him. Evan sometimes struggles with communication and will need a forever family who is patient and understanding. Help Evan find his #foreverhome by sharing his video!
Jazlynn is a positive teen who enjoys laughing and telling stories. She is fascinated with all things Harry Potter and likes to share this interest with other 'Potterheads.' She also loves Sci-Fi TV, as well as listening to her favorite band, Maroon 5. Jazlynn is looking forward to finding her #foreverfamily. Share this post to help!
Tristan was 14 when he entered DCS custody. Before turning 18 and aging out of foster care, he found Youth Villages. Tristan was successfully discharged from our Lifeset program and is pursuing a degree in social work and plans to have a career in child welfare reform or in juvenile justice after getting his master’s degree. He is thankful for the LifeSet program and the support it provides him while he is in school. Read Tristan's full story: www.youthvillages.org/tristans-story-lifeset-spotlight/... See MoreSee Less
Tristan, 20, entered DCS custody when he was 14 years old. “I got caught up in a lot of stuff I was not supposed to,” Tristan said. “I think that’s common for kids who grew up like I did. You have to do whatever it takes to get by.”