Real Stories

Elizondo Family
Roseanna and Andrew Elizondo became foster parents in 2013 when they decided to adopt a child through the foster care system, and they continue to foster today. In fall 2016, the Elizondos briefly cared for a five-week-old infant. Just one week after their infant foster son reunited with his mom, Andrew and Roseanna got an unusual call. The mom and her baby needed a new place to live. Without any local family able to take them in, ...
Forti Family
The Forti family had just welcomed their first son when they decided to become foster parents to provide a safe home for children who had experienced abuse and neglect. As CASAs (court appointed special advocates), Hope and Kyle were familiar with the child welfare system. They are now foster parents for a child they met through CASA of the Pikes Peak Region. Finding balance is important to Hope and Kyle, so they routinely schedule breaks ...
Williams Family
Thirteen years ago, Margie and Rob Williams adopted three siblings who were on the Colorado Heart Gallery, a traveling display and online photo gallery at coheartgallery.org that includes portraits and videos of children and teens waiting to be adopted. Once their children were grown and out of the house, the Williams decided to become recertified as foster parents. They have chosen primarily to care for siblings, because they know how important it is to ...
Cook Family
Jeff and Jamie Cook work closely with their child placement agency to provide one-on-one support and treatment to a young person in foster care. Jeff is a physician and Jamie is a former nurse who now stays home. Their medical backgrounds and experience help them support a young person in overcoming past traumatic experiences in order to reach their full potential.
Gonzales Family Story
Heather and Ben Gonzales had been foster parents for eight years when a group of five siblings were placed with them. They had no intention of adopting, but when the siblings they had cared for were available for adoption, Heather and Ben knew they had to adopt and keep the kids together. Keeping siblings together is so important, Heather says, because siblings are the only stability children who have been in foster care can count ...
The Armijo Family
Velma Armijo always wanted to become a foster parent and finally did so when she started working for Southern Ute Social Services. She strongly believes that “it takes a village to raise a child.” As a single foster mom, her sister and her adult son also help out by providing respite care. She encourages other native families to become foster parents to help kids stay within their community on the reservation so they know where ...
The Cox Family
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. Soon after their foster son arrived in their home, though, he was diagnosed with a rare form of childhood cancer. Thankfully, Nedra and Matt never wavered in their commitment to this little ...
The Pabilonia-Podell Family
Kristy Pabilonia and Brendan Podell became foster parents 5 1/2 years ago,  and, since that time, they have cared for eight children. They are both full-time professors at Colorado State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences. And, despite their busy careers, supporting families in need by fostering had been a longtime goal of theirs. They focus on building strong relationships with the biological families of the children in their care and try to stay ...

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