Placed in foster care at age 3, Korie moved in and out of more than 30 foster homes before she was 16. Too often, she wondered, “Am I going to have somewhere to sleep? Am I going to grow up and be safe?”
“I thought, ‘I’m going to end up on the streets. That’s just how it’s going to be,'” Korie recalls.
Every day, more than 50 teenagers, like Korie, age out of foster care in the United States. Without the stability, guidance and security of a forever family, these youth are at a higher risk of homelessness, unemployment and early, unplanned pregnancy.
Fortunately, Korie’s journey changed when she was adopted through the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption’s Wendy’s Wonderful Kids® program. Through the program, the Foundation funds adoption recruiters who are dedicated to finding permanent homes for children who have been waiting in foster care the longest.
Wendy’s Wonderful Kids recruiter Courtney patiently worked to get to know Korie and understand her needs. She knew it would take time for Korie to build relationships, develop trust in others and learn to be part of a permanent family.
After many visits and conversations with Jenny and Tony, she was certain, based on what she had come to understand about Korie, that they were the right family for her.
“When we first met Korie, she had been moved from another foster home, separated from her friends and removed from the high school she had just started,” Tony remembers. “We wanted to help her and make her feel loved.”
Korie saw many doors close during her time in foster care, but Jenny and Tony welcomed her into their lives forever. Their support helped open the door to a bright future Korie never dreamed was possible. Surrounded by her new family, Korie excelled in school and earned a full scholarship to attend college.
“It’s a chance at life,” says Korie. “It’s really difficult to wonder how you are going to make it. I’m not going to have that problem now…because I have a family.”
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