Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Finding a Family

I went with my friend and fellow social worker, Jennifer, today to take photos of a 12 year old boy who is residing in a group home and looking for a family to adopt him. I took photos of this boy so that people can see his pictures and read his bio and decide if they may be interested in being an adoptive family. My friend did not tell me much about his background as it is confidential but she said he had a VERY traumatic past. Prior to taking the photos, I had so many mixed emotions of anger, frustration, sadness, as to why some kids have to experience a childhood of trauma, fear and pain. WHY does this happen?

I met this boy and he immediately took to the camera. He was a natural. And I have to say, I typically do a lot of editing on my photos and over 90% of the photos I took of him today are PERFECT. The light was just right, his facial expressions and how he stood was perfect. The photos are awesome. I think I captured his spirit. (I need permission to publish the photos but if allowed I will post them in a future blog).

I have the utmost respect for the social workers that work with kids that have been abused. But I have even more admiration for the GOOD ones. The people who make decisions based on the best interest of the child. So to my husband, my friends at Coordinators 2, and Greater Richmond Scan, I have seen how hard these women work to improve the lives of children.  I am so proud of the work they do and the people they are.

Here are some photos from today.

Love & Light,


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