Foster Friday

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Introducing Carrie and Steven

Carrie and Steven have been licensed since 2018 with Lutheran Services Florida. They have been such valuable members of the professional team. They are open and willing to work with birth parents as they value the connection between a child and their birth family and continue to be a resource and support beyond reunification. This dedication to children extends to providing a forever home if in the child’s best interest. It is with great honor to nominate this family for Foster Friday as they deserve all the recognition.

 

Introducing Amber and Jessie

Amber and Jessie have been fostering for over six years; two years for Lutheran Services and four years with Camelot Community Care. They are compassionate and loving foster parents. They put all of the children’s needs above anything else in their life. As of today, they will have adopted four children, two of which are a sibling group. They are also fostering another child from that sibling group. They have done respite many times in the past. They are compliant with all of the children’s health care and have done it all on their own. These foster parents never ask for any help but know they can always rely on Camelot when needed. They are truly amazing and we are so appreciative of the commitment to our community.

 

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Introducing Amy and Gerald

Amy and Gerald are recently licensed foster parents who jumped right in and were able to reunify a sibling group that had been separated for some time. They worked very hard to connect with all members on the team to ensure the transition of the children into their home went well. Since then, they have made sure they have all of the supports needed to ensure the children were flourishing. Their hard work has paid off as the children are thriving. They have been exemplary foster parents from the beginning! Case Management sent a glowing review, saying these foster parents are “rock stars” and are really going above and beyond with these girls. They have seen a lot of positive behavior changes due to the work they are putting in. Thank you, Amy and Gerald, for your dedication to be meaningful to children in need!

 

 

Introducing Lindsey

Camelot Community Care is proud to feature Lindsey, a veteran foster parent, who has been an invaluable resource to us and our partnering agencies. Lindsey truly understands what it means to foster and has demonstrated time and time again her full commitment to each child that joins her home. She has assisted with multiple sibling groups, pre-school, school-aged, and teenaged children, and overcome many challenges along the way within just the single year of time she has devoted to working with us. Lindsey is proactive in assessing and arranging for services for the children in her home, communicative and infinitely helpful with the professional team, and is well-loved by the children and the Camelot team. There are few who can commit to the life-changing journey of fostering, and even fewer who are willing and able to rise to the occasion to assist in emergencies at a moment’s notice with a seemingly record-breaking streak—but if anyone can hold this title, it is Lindsey. Lindsey, we thank you in so few words here, but we appreciate your kindness and dedication each and every day.

 

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Introducing Patty

Patty has been such a gem to the agency and the children that she serves. She comes to the agency with over 20 years foster experience and it shows! She recently took in a placement and has explained to the child that she is home and that she is not going to give up on her. Patty is energetic, joyful, committed and such a strong advocate for those in her care. The agency can only hope to get more foster parents like you to work with.

 

Introducing Yolonda

Yolonda has been a foster parent for the past 3 years.  She works with the agency to keep siblings together and is open to providing a child a permanent home if reunification is not an option.  Yolonda has focused on opening her home and heart to teens in care.  Teen homes are a huge need in our community, so we appreciate and thank Yolonda for her continued service and commitment to our teens in foster care.

 

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Introducing Jordan

Jordan is a hardworking single foster mother to a little boy. She works extremely well with the professional team and offers her input whenever she can. Jordan is always willing to help out and has recently expressed interest in opening her home to two foster children. She continues to feel motivated to foster due to the need in the community and her ability to assist children with a safe and loving home. Jordan states that it is rewarding to see children’s growth while they are placed in her home. When asked about her foster child and his progress she stated, “He has grown so much since coming into care. He came into care the day he turned 8 months old and has learned to crawl, walk, run, talk and eat! He is a very happy and active child. Every night before bed, we say our prayers and he often thanks God for giving him cookies and chocolate!” Thank you Jordan, for all you do!

 

Introducing Steven and Katherine

Steven and Katherine of the Camelot Community Care family! They are an incredibly sweet and kind family who have dedicated themselves fully to the task of fostering. They were eager to facilitate visits between siblings and ensure that the children who joined their home had all of the supports necessary to promote their growth and development. They maintain excellent communication with the team in their advocacy for the children’s needs. The family is coming up on their first-year mark and we look forward to many more years with them on our team!

 

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Introducing Christy and Carl

Carl and Christy have been foster parents for the past 5 years.  They have fostered multiple children over the years.  Carl and Christy have assisted in the transition of children to their biological families, provided a forever home to one child and continue to foster.  Carl and Christy ensure that each child they welcome into their home is nurtured and loved whether that is for a short time or a lifetime.  We thank you both for your ongoing commitment.

 

Introducing Brittany and Kinson

Brittany and Kinson have been foster parents since April of 2018 and have had over 25 placements since. Amongst those 25 placements not all have been easy, the caregivers have showed nothing but a pure genuine heart to help children from all backgrounds. Even if the caregiver’s home is considered “maxed-out” they stride to accommodate, especially with teen mothers and sibling groups. An admirable trait of the family is they stay in touch; even if children have transitioned elsewhere or been reunified. They have been caring for a teenage girl with a significant trauma history who has been in and out of their home a few times and have been working on setting loving boundaries to keep her safe. In times where she was not able to remain in their home, they made it their priority to stay in contact with her and remind her they set those in place because they care. Their love was able to shine through and the teenage girl was able to be transitioned back into their home due to the caregivers being present and staying in her life. This is just a brief glimpse of many of the lives this family has changed and we look forward to all the children’s lives they will continue to change in the future. They have been nothing but a blessing to our One More Child family.

 

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Introducing Charles and Vanessa

Charles and Vanessa have been foster parents for over 8 years. They have committed nearly a decade of their lives to helping children in need. Both Charles and Vanessa are passionate about helping children. They love fostering and treat the children in their home like their family. Vanessa and Charles have not only fostered, but adopted as well. We appreciate their dedication to children that they

 

Introducing Jon and Jaci

Jon and Jaci have been licensed foster parents with One More Child since December 2019.  They were previously licensed foster parents in the past and decided to reopen their home to children and their families, as they know there is a great need in our community. Since they have been licensed, they have gone above and beyond for the children placed in their home. They have been open to mentoring relationships with biological families, helping with transportation to any needed appointments, and just representing what it truly means to foster children in need. Jon, Jaci, and their children are loving, and caring to all who enter their home. They are humble, generous, and kind. It has been wonderful collaborating with this family in the last year and we are excited to see how much more they will accomplish with their gracious and selfless attitudes.

 

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Introducing Laura and Michael

Laura and Michael are new members of the Camelot foster family community who have an incredible passion and motivation to provide care for sibling groups. They have a large family themselves and have not only welcomed the children that joined their home with open arms but have ensured that they feel equally as members of the family and have every opportunity to flourish as their own children do. Laura and Michael keep all of the children busy with summer camp, martial arts classes, Boy Scouts/Cub Scouts, and more! They advocate for the best interests of the children in their care and truly understand what it means to be a resource to their community.    

 

Introducing Laura and Wayne

Lauren and Wayne have been licensed foster parents since September 2016. Lauren and Wayne are extremely warm and loving foster parents, who are dedicated to helping each child that is placed in their home find permanency. The foster parents have demonstrated their ability to work with birth families and adoptive families successfully and maintain relationships after children have left their home. The family’s passion for fostering is admirable and inspiring.

 

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Introducing Jason and Ashley

Jason and Ashley have been licensed foster parents for over 3 years.  They have fostered 9 children including several sets of siblings.  They are always willing to help whenever they can, whether it is for a day or long term.  They go above and beyond to work with birth families and to meet the needs of the children placed in their care.  They are a great asset to the foster care community and we thank them for all they do for the children entrusted to them.

 

Introducing Mark and Myra

Mark and Myra are a newer foster family who have jumped in headfirst to assist with the children in our community. They have opened their arms to teenagers and sibling groups, committed to short-term and long-term care, and have modeled excellent parenting skills. Mark and Myra are wholly dedicated to each child that joins their home, and truly treat them as a member of the family. They are proactive in their advocacy for each child’s needs and fully assist in the facilitation of services for them. Myra and Mark are an excellent team as parents, and partner effectively with the professional team. We are privileged to have them on our team and thrilled to see how they continue to grow as foster parents!

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Introducing Lisa and Ezekiel

Lisa and Ezekiel have been a foster parent for 10 years.  They have committed a decade of their lives to helping children in need.  Both Ezekiel and Lisa are passionate about helping children in need and giving them a safe and stable place to live.  They love fostering and treat the children in their home like their family.  Lisa and Ezekiel have had several placements over the years.  We appreciate their dedication as fostering requires a lot of patience, understanding, flexibility and passion.  

Introducing Jeanna and Kyle

Jeanna and Kyle have been licensed foster parents since January 2019. They have a passion for keeping siblings together and providing a safe, loving environment for children in need. They always do what they can to make sure that a child’s needs are met and that their best interests are always put first. They are willing to have a mentoring relationship with biological parents and families, and have done so in the past. Jeanna and Kyle have helped with doctor appointments, therapy, visits, transporting, etc. –whatever is needed, they get it done. Seeing them provide care and love to children in care represents the true mission that is foster care.  

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Introducing Angela

Ms. Motley has been licensed since 2009. She has cared for countless children over the years and adopted a sibling group of two. Ms. Motley continues to open her heart and home to more children in need.  She is an asset to the child welfare team as she welcomes children in her home, treats them as family, and advocates for the child. Ms. Motley understands the foster care system and has a deep understanding and respect for preserving the child’s family connections and relationships. She supports reunification by working closely with birth parents, offering support, transporting and supervising visits. Ms. Motley is truly valued as a foster parent and member of the professional team. It is with great honor to nominate Ms. Motley for Foster Friday as she deserves this recognition.

Introducing Travis and Kimberly

Travis and Kimberly started their journey in foster care after being called to seek more information during a concert in 2010.  They felt strongly called into this ministry and since then have fostered 16 children along with countless respite care opportunities.  Their greatest accomplishment is found in having encouraged and mentored four other local families to join in the care of foster children in Southwest Florida.  Their children, extended family and most importantly the children they have fostered have benefited tremendously from the experience of nurturing and guiding not only the children in care but also supporting the families of those children in preparation for unification and bringing the children home.  Travis also enjoys teaching the licensing classes and sharing his experiences with new families excited about joining the community of local foster parents and becoming an added resource for them immediately following licensing. Thank you for all you do!

 

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Introducing Maria and Michael

Maria and Michael have been licensed since September 2018. The family was drawn to fostering because they wanted to help children who needed a family, a home and love while in the foster care system. They have helped with both respite and long-term placements as well as sibling groups. The family understands the importance of maintaining family connections and are willing to work with biological family members and help with visitation. Maria and Michael help care for children who are born drug addicted and have dedicated their time to go to the hospital until the babies are allowed to be released. One More Child is blessed to partner with this family.

 

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Introducing Eric and William

Eric and William have been licensed for about one year with Lutheran Services of Florida.  They have been such valuable members of the professional team.  They have been open to caring for sibling groups to help maintain their connection and are passionate advocates for the children.  It is with great honor to nominate this family for Foster Friday as they deserve all the recognition. 

 

Introducing Tricia and Jon

Tricia and Jon have been licensed foster parents since August 2013. They have been extremely committed to each child that has been placed in their home. They are excellent with young children, and are extremely kind, patient, and loving parents. They always maintain excellent communication with their licensing staff and go above and beyond to advocate for the children in their care. Tricia and Jon are extremely passionate and dedicated foster parents. Children’s Network is blessed to license such amazing foster parents!

 

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Introducing Angela Alexander

Angela Alexander is an AWSOME foster parent!  Ms. Alexander has a diverse family made of teen males. In fact, Ms. Alexander recently adopted a special needs male as she wanted to make sure that this child has a chance of becoming a successful, responsible member of society. Angela Alexander has been a foster parent in Port Charlotte, through Camelot since 2017.  Angela states she enjoys fostering and finds it very rewarding. “I foster because I see the need.  I want to be used by God to help children.  I want to help children going through transition.  If I don’t, who will fight for these children?  I want my children to get a start, a chance at a good life.  I just love children!”

Angela has dedicated her life to helping children.  In fact, she works in the school system as a Behavioral Specialist and is certified in Social Studies Educational Leadership and Exceptional Student EducationAs a foster parent, Ms. Alexander is always willing to assist in transporting and supervising visits and, if allowed to, she is willing to be mentor and a support system to biological parents so they can be the best parent to their children once they return to their care.  Ms. Alexander also tries to prepare her children for the real world by equipping them with skills to live independently, if they are unable to return to their families.   Hats off to this WONDERFUL, dedicated foster parent.  Angela Alexander- Camelot is proud to have you as a part of our professional team!

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Introducing Vanessa and Alex

Vanessa and Alex have been licensed for a little over one year with Lutheran Services Florida.  They have been such valuable members of the professional team.  They are open and willing to work one on one with birth parents as they value the connection between a child and their birth family.  It is with great honor to nominate this family for Foster Friday as they deserve all the recognition.

 

Introducing Anthony and Amber

Anthony and Amber have shared their life with over 10 children in the 3+ years since they’ve been licensed foster parents.  They have been effective in working in partnership with the professional team and devoting themselves to caring for the children in their home.  Amber and Anthony adopted their 3 sons a year ago and have been able to maintain a thriving home environment for the children.  The agency commends you both for your hard and oftentimes, thankless work.

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Introducing Anthony and Bridget

Bridget and Anthony have always wanted a large family and shortly after being licensed in 2018, they took in their first sibling group of two. With three of their own children, they were committed to helping these foster children with what they considered a full house. After a few months, those children moved on to their next placement and the house felt empty. However, shortly after that, right about the time their eldest son was turning 18, an opportunity arose to take in a sibling group of three. The capacity for their home was bumped up to "3" as soon as possible and the siblings came to live with them. Now, as remote learning continues during this pandemic, the family is working with a homeschool group, Collier County schools, and Lee County Schools with all the children in their home. We are grateful for all they have done and continue to do for these children in Southwest Florida.

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Introducing Heather and John

Heather and John started out fostering in 2009 with a capacity of 2.  They were interested in fostering and possibly adopting if able, one child.  During their 11 years of fostering they have fostered a total of 38 children, and they have been blessed to be able to adopt a total of 4 children.  The family has always answered our placement calls any time of the day or night and are always willing to help.  We are lucky to have such a caring and loving family for our children.

Introducing Adirem and Damian

Adirem and Damian have been foster parents for about a year and a half and have accepted multiple children into their home in that time. They are exemplary members of the professional team and provide support to children and their birth families whenever possible. The foster parents have taken children with challenging behaviors into their home, and their combined experience has equipped them with the skills to manage those behaviors. Thank you Adirem and Damian!

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Introducing Sam and Ashley

Sam and Ashley are one of our newer foster families, licensed for about 5 months now.  They jumped into their loving, nurturing role as licensed resource parents headfirst.  A family of three active siblings joined the family one day after they were licensed.  The couple not only met the challenge with love and compassion but with determination and persistence.  Sam and Ashley ended each day in exhaustion and feelings of defeat for several weeks.  Their commitment and consistency paid off.  The children are now flourishing in their home, and the agency could not be prouder.  Sam and Ashley have just begun this journey and are touching children’s lives in meaningful ways.  The family is providing a safe and nurturing environment for the children and has learned to work as members of the professional team as well as advocate for the needs of the children.  We look forward to working with them for many years.