Foster Care and Adoption
Meet one of our Foster Care Social Workers, Tess! He has been with Extraordinary Families for more than two years and is a vital to supporting our families and children in foster care.
What do you do at Extraordinary Families?
My job ensures children placed through DCFS (Department of Children and Family Services) are matched with appropriate resource (foster) families and are receiving the most appropriate care. This includes supporting their mental, emotional, and physiological health and ensuring other needs are being met. I also make sure our children’s relationship with their birth families is maintained and advanced, and if reunification with birth families isn’t possible, I ensure their journey to permanency is seamless.
My work is very important to me because I get to see joy in the life of the children we serve and see them develop and grow. It’s a very rewarding and exciting journey; seeing the joy of the child, their family, their growth, and the gains they make.
You mentioned “permanency” – What is “permanency”?
Permanency means ensuring a child has a forever home, a forever family, if there are no means to reunify a child with their birth family members. Permanency is important in a child’s life because all children are entitled to a family that they can identify and grow up with and share the love and affection every child should receive.
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I never thought that extraordinary families would bring me and our daughters new parents this close but they want what is best for my daughter and I do to and couldn’t ask for any other parents for my babygirl thanks to Tessa and extraordinary families for never making me feel less then and giving my baby a better life and a blended family y’all are the what sets the example of actually keeping family’s together
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