The foster child in this family was born premature to a 12 year old deaf and mentally ill child. After being treated in the hospital the baby was transferred to a child care institution and he was legally free from his family. When the child was one and a half years old, a foster family chose to take him into their homes. The foster mother’s favorite memory with the child, which she says was a beautiful day in her life, was the first time he called her “mother” and then gave her a big hug. The foster father says that the child is very attached to him and enjoys waiting for him to come home from work so they can play together. They have now been together for over three years.
The child in this family was also originally born to a mother who was deemed mentally incapable of taking care of her and lived in a mental institution. She was placed into her foster family at the age of one and a half years after living in a child care institution. The foster family always wanted to have a child and were very surprised when the application to foster a child was processed within a week of submission with the help of Foster Care Society. The girl started out being closed off and shy, but within half a year had become very attached to her foster parents. She is now four years old and is first in her class at school. The foster father says that the foster care system brought him the family that he always wanted and expressed the need for organizations such as Foster Care Society to exist all over India as a way to connect children with families.
The child in this family was reported to Childline after being found begging on the streets. After not being able to find his biological parents he was placed in a child care institution for three months before being matched with his foster family. The child’s background has helped him learn some problematic behaviors, so the parents are finding ways to provide structure and discipline for the child in ways that help him grow. Although the child did not originally speak Hindi, he quickly learned from his parents and is now learning English as well. The child says that his parents care about him and provide him with good food and education. He returns this compassion and comfort his parents when they are upset. He attends a school that offers a “learning through playing approach” and has been successful there, showing high levels of intelligence despite the challenging experiences he had prior to living with his foster family.
This child was also born to a mother who was institutionalized, however she lived with her mother from birth in the institution. Due to her mother’s mental health conditions and involvement with illegal activities, the girl was moved to a child care institution in another district and became eligible for foster care. At the age of seven she was placed with her foster mother and sister, who was adopted. Due to the rules of foster care, the mother was able to choose the age range and gender of the child she would like to take into her home. She wanted an older child due to her work schedule and wanted a daughter so that her adopted child could have a younger sister. In the beginning, the child struggled within her new family as she was seven years old and was not used to communicating or reciprocating care for those close to her. She now is much more happy, social, and communicative, and is thriving at home and school. Her foster mother hopes to encourage others who want to share their home with a child to become foster parents.
Another child that FCS has helped find a loving family is currently six years old and was placed at the age of five with a single mother. Her biological mother was intellectually disabled and the child was living in a children’s home for the first five years of her life. Before her placement, the child was not social and played by herself, and struggled in her studies. While transitioning into her new home environment, the child have behavior problems including using abusive language and not following directions at home and at school. FCS would help her with these issues as they arose and advocated for the child to find a school that would accommodate her needs. Eventually the child started improved her communication, behaviors, and schoolwork. and was placed into a school where she is doing well.