In October, after getting to know each other several months at Kidsave events, Ann and Laura were matched for a hosting relationship and they began to spend time together outside of Kidsave events, on the weekend.
“I like being with her. She’s really cool,” said Laura. “I feel like she is a lady of her word. If she says she’s going to do something, she will. I really trust her.
After spending several weekends together, things went so well that Laura decided she was ready to move in with Ann. She moved in at Christmas time. She still didn’t want to be adopted and moved in as a foster placement.
“I am feeling excited, happy to start a new journey with her. I don’t know, I feel like this is home. I can call it home,” said Laura when she moved in.
While Laura lived with her, Ann supported Laura in maintaining her relationship with her mom and focused her attention on getting Laura the academic help she needed to be on track to graduate high school. She was behind in her studies and found it difficult to catch up. Sometime in the spring, Laura stopped going to school and was not conforming to Ann’s house rules.
Laura turned 18 in May and decided she no longer wanted to be part of the foster care system and decide to leave and go live with her mom.
Looking back, Ann feels that although their relationship was great, “I think there was strong nostalgia for wanting a chance at family again.”
Laura left the foster care system after she turned 18 and is believed to be living with her mother.
Laura has not graduated from high school and is not in contact with Ann. Ann says her home and her support will always be open to Laura if she chooses to re-establish the relationship. “You are welcome here, all you have to text and come on over,” said Ann.