“We Didn’t Want A Child With Special Medical Needs, But That’s What We Got!”
Nedra and Matt Cox were first-time foster parents. Because they didn’t have previous parenting experience, they were concerned about their ability to care for a child with significant medical issues or other special needs, so they requested a child without such needs. However, soon after their foster son arrived in their home he was diagnosed with a rare form of childhood cancer. Thankfully, Nedra and Matt never wavered in their commitment to this little boy even in the face of this unexpected hurdle. As their foster son fought cancer and numerous other health crises that placed them in isolation at Children's Hospital Colorado, they were amazing caregivers who stayed in constant communication with their child's biological mother, keeping her informed as any mother would want to be. While it wasn't their original goal to adopt their foster child, they were always open to that possibility, and in the spring of 2016 they finalized their son’s adoption.
Nedra and Matt continue to foster and advocate for the well-being of children and youth in care.