EAST GRANBY, Conn. (WTNH) — Too many children in Connecticut with behavioral and mental challenges are looking for a family to welcome them into their home. They are on a waiting list seeking foster care.
Monica and Billie Hall have four biological children, then adopted five more, Kaitlyn, Tyler, Shyanne, Beverly and Geo.
“They need to be loved and accepted as normal children,” said Monica.
The Therapeutic Foster Care Program at Community Health Resources helped to give birth to the new additions.
“Some of them have behavioral health issues, but for a lot the children it’s because of trauma they’ve witness or experienced,” said Maureen McGuire with CHR.
“They are not bad kids. They are kids who are dealing with a bad break and sometimes they act out and when they know when they are going to be loved and accepted by another family, that will go away,” said Monica.
More families like the Halls are needed for those on the list, looking for a mother and father they can trust.
“CHR has seen such incredible stories of children once they are placed in a home, ” said Maureen. “They are happier and they do better in school.”
Like in any family, parenthood has its own challenges.
“They’ve been stopped from growing because they’ve been too busy surviving and you can really make a difference for a kid,” said Monica. “You may not be able to help the whole world, but can help one child.”
Clearly, you see it in the light in their eyes, the smile on their faces, and in their own words.
“The hurt that you have, they care about it, and they want to help you with it — and you just know that they are not going to hurt you,” said 13-year-old Shyanne.
“They treat you well and they know how to care for you and they don’t stop caring for you.” said 13-year-old Beverly.
Community Health Resources offers families a number of services including, a support system 24 hours a day, on-going training and every family is assigned a case worker. There is also financial assistance for bringing a child into the home.
For more information, call (860)730-8680.