I first met Jason when he came into state custody due to allegations of abuse. Because Jason’s birth mother had asked family members to cease contact, no relatives had come forward to provide a home for fear of being ostracized by the family. Then Jason’s Aunt Holly, who had recently moved back to Tennessee, learned that Jason was in foster care and began looking for him. At the same time, Jason began reaching out to a cousin, one of his aunt’s sons, on Facebook, and communications between Jason and his Aunt Holly began.
Determined to provide a home for Jason, Holly contacted the Department of Children’s services about foster parenting and completed the required training for foster families through Harmony’s FOCUS (Finding Our Children Unconditional Support) program. Holly told us that Jason and her son had been raised together, and she had been heartbroken when she learned Jason had been put in foster care. Jason was placed with Holly’s family, and they are now Jason’s family. Although there have been some bumps along the road, this family is committed to Jason. Together they have chosen subsidized permanent guardianship as his best option for permanency – and Jason has found his family.