Success Stories

  • A mom was court-ordered to attend EPIC parenting classes as a condition of reuniting with her two children in foster care. She was very guarded at first, stating that some agencies immediately judged her because her children were in foster care. Over time she began to open up and share some of the issues with which she struggled. Her demeanor had completely changed when she successfully completed EPIC. She also made progress toward major goals of finding a job and her own place to live, both necessary for reunification. She said that succeeding in EPIC gave her extra confidence toward providing a safe, happy home for her children.

  • CAS’ Project Independence (PI) staff proudly announces that ten (10) PI participants achieved academic success in 2014, the largest group of PI participants to reach this milestone together. The PI Class of 2014 included one high school graduate, five Birmingham City School High School Dropout Recovery graduates, three GED recipients and one junior college graduate! This success came with much support from the PI staff. As one graduate stated, “If it wasn’t for this program I probably would have never gotten my GED because no one was encouraging or pushing me to do so before I got here.” This young lady completed Paxen Learning Corporation’s accelerated GED program. Job readiness training also helped two PI participants to become employed shortly after graduation.

  • Camp Life brings many foster youth and caring adults together. Camp introductions often blossom into permanent connections that change lives. At Camp Life 2013, two campers and a staff member met for the first time. They remained in contact after camp and built a strong relationship that developed over time into a family dynamic. At the 2014 CAS Leadership Conference, the boys’ social worker asked to learn more about the camp staffer who had become so important to them that the boys expressed hope that he would adopt them. This hope was mutual and the adoption process began in earnest in summer 2014. These three, who met by chance and became bound by love, are now completing the steps necessary to become a forever family.

  • Josh and I felt called to adopt. We’d heard stories of teens aging out of the foster system without ever having had a family, and hoped to welcome a teenage boy into our home. Adoption research led us to CAS, where comprehensive pre-adoption training prepared us well for the transition and gave us confidence to consider three children who had been in 10 foster homes, never attending a school more than two years in a row. We met these precious children and, in December 2012, became a family! We thought we wanted one teenage boy, but we fell in love with three pre-teen siblings. We are so happy we made that call, and so thankful for the preparation and support provided by CAS.

  • Bob, a 58-yer-old adult adoptee, contacted CAS in late 2011 for information about the Birth Parent & Adult Adoptee Support Group. CAS provided counseling and intermediary services during Bob’s search for his birth mother. After he learned that his birth mother had passed away, Bob continued to attend group and speak with this counselor. He remained optimistic that one day other birth relatives would reply to an intermediary letter sent on his behalf by CAS. When Bob and his counselor met again in 2014, Bob explained that he was “at peace with the journey” he had taken and that he does not feel abandoned or neglected. Bob is content to have achieved this closure with the help of CAS and his support group.

  • Marcus was removed from an environment of severe neglect and suffered from malnutrition. He was placed by DHR into a foster home after the questionable death of his infant sister. His behaviors, at age five, included aggression, stealing and lying. He was moved into Alliance TFC (Therapeutic Foster Care) in 2012. Alliance staff worked closely with Marcus through several disrupted foster placements until 2013 when he thrived in the family dynamics of a two-parent home. Now seven, Marcus has been formally adopted by this family. He was thrilled to change his name to become a permanent member of the family, and he continues to make positive progress.

  • Ms. Harris and her three small children lost their home due to an abusive relationship and DHR was considering removing the children from her care. FOCUS helped her locate emergency housing through the Homeless Coalition, then supported her through the public housing application process. After she secured an apartment, FOCUS helped her find resources to pay utility deposits and located donated furnishings. Mother and children are now living safely on their own for the first time. DHR was pleased with their progress and did not pursue removal of the children. Ms. Harris reports feeling pride and a sense of accomplishment at how far she has come and her newfound ability to manage her household and live independently.

*All names and pictures were changed to protect the confidentiality of our clients.

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