Foster Care – Meet Sarah

Sarah

Sarah is 17 years old and heading to college. Typical?  Not at all. Why? Sarah has been in the foster care system since she was three years old.  During this time, she was bounced from one foster home to another. Sarah has been in more than 12 homes during her young life.

Research shows that each time a child is moved from one home to another, it compounds the emotional trauma they’ve been through, and the child falls six months behind in school. No wonder only 46% of the children in foster care graduate from high school. The odds were certainly stacked against Sarah.

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That is until she was placed with new foster parents, the Greens. Since being placed with the Greens, Sarah has stabilized, caught up academically and has received several scholarships to attend college! Sarah has been so happy in the Greens’ home that she has asked if her younger sister, Nora, who has also lived in many different foster homes over the years, could also be placed with the Greens. “I want my sister to see how great it is to actually have a mom and dad after all these years,” said Sarah.

Sarah and the Greens should be in the dictionary under the word “perseverance,” which has two meanings:

1) Steady persistence in a course of action, a
purpose, a state, etc., especially in spite of difficulties,
obstacles, or discouragement.

2) Theology. Continuance in a state of grace to the end,
leading to eternal salvation.

Sarah and the Greens embody both meanings of perseverance. The Greens have literally been a Christ figure to Sarah — providing her with hope and healing so that she can become all that God intends.

“We’ve seen her happiness and have been so happy for her. We’re really proud of what Sarah has accomplished with her life!” said the Greens at Sarah’s high school graduation.