At nine months old, Thomas was alone. Born to a young mother struggling with addiction, Thomas had to be removed from his mother’s care for severe neglect and abuse. The whereabouts of his father were unknown resulting in stays at various foster homes.
Shawn and Kelly Hernandez came to Childhelp with the hopes that they would be able to open their home to a child in need. Recent empty-nesters, the Hernandez’s were experienced parents having raised their own children who left to start their own lives.
Thomas joined the Hernandez family in 2008 and has been there ever since. Thanks to their love, patience and understanding, Thomas has learned to reciprocate the affection. In this stable and loving environment, Thomas is confident and happy – he has the freedom to just be a kid.
Childhelp works to match children in need with warm, loving families who can provide a caring and safe environment, and it is because of kind people like Shawn and Kelly that our children have hope.