Meet Desmond and Emelia

Six years ago Desmond Boateng decided to take his experience working with children and youth in residential settings to become a full-time foster parent. Desmond and his wife Emelia, along with their three biological children, all get great joy from supporting male children and youth with more complex challenges, including intellectual and developmental disabilities. Desmond and Emelia work together to “build a bridge” with the biological families of the more than 45 children who have been in their home, many of whom still return to visit them regularly. Desmond encourages everyone he meets to consider becoming a foster parent and has recruited several foster parents through mentorship.