“I just want a mom who will hug me every night and believe me sometimes.” That's what Lena told us when we first met her. She was 10 years old and had been in foster care for five years.
Rhonda Stanley finalized two adoptions on Saturday, November 17 – of her granddaughter Da’Ja and grandson Da’Quan. Children’s Law Center’s Covington & Burling loaned associate Maureen Japha has worked with Ms. Stanley on Da’Ja’s adoption case.
“No matter what you’ve been through, as long as you stay focused and you believe in yourself, you can overcome it.” That’s the advice that 20-year-old Michelle gives kids like her who are growing up in foster care today.
Ryan joined Children’s Law Center in 2013 as a social worker who provides clinical insight and expertise to foster care, special education, custody and other child welfare legal cases.