Family Finding Practice Guide - Profiles of Youth
Children's Hospital's Family Finding program has been in existence since 2008 in Wisconsin. Following are some of the positive outcomes the program has realized since its
Angel is a 16 year old that spent more than 8 years in foster care. Angel wished to find the father she had never met. Family Finding located the out-of-state father and established paternity. Angel and her father have met and are building a relationship. The stability and success of her father is something Angel can build on for her future.
Jack(6) and Jacque(3) are siblings that had limited relationships and contact with their family. Family Finding discovered that the paternal relatives had no knowledge of the children being in foster care and they were immediately concerned. Both maternal and paternal families were able to come together to cooperatively plan for permanency and a way for the children to maintain connections to both families. Jack and Jacque now live with their maternal uncle with support from both families.
Henry is a 17 year old young man that experienced a disrupted adoption which resulted in him returning to foster care. He had lost contact with both birth and adoptive relatives including three birth siblings. As an isolated and lonely teenager he longed for family. Family Finding was able to locate his birth father and a paternal aunt that he later moved in with.
Andrew was adopted out of foster care when he was one year-old. His adoptive mother passed away when he was seven years old. Andrew was moved from one home to another within his adoptive family, until, at age 12, Andrew ran away because of the abuse and neglect he experienced. His adoptive family chose to no longer care for him and he spent the next five years in group homes. Andrew was referred to Family Finding at 17 years old. His biological family was located and eagerly welcomed Andrew into their lives with open arms. Andrew now has the support and love of grandparents, brothers, sisters and many more.
Jason is a 16 year old boy who has been in foster care since age 3. Jason's parents lost their rights to him and his siblings. The siblings were adopted but unfortunately Jason was not and he experienced 23 placements over the years. Jason spent approximately 10 years of his life with no connections to anyone other than paid professionals. His negative behaviors increased over the years to the point where he was a safety threat to the community. When Family Finding became involved, Jason was on the verge of entering the correctional system. Family Finding was able to reconnect him with several relatives including his mother. Jason now has regular contact with family, including visits in the community. His behaviors have diminished and he now verbalizes a hope for his future.