Saturday, March 3, 2012

CJ

I accompanied a fellow social worker and friend of mine, Jennifer, who works at Coordinators 2 inc. to photograph a 17-year-old boy who currently resides in a residential facility. CJ is looking for an adoptive family. My job was to take photographs of him so that potential adoptive families can see his photo and read a little more about him. Coordinators 2's Waiting Child Program helps children find forever families through adoption. On their website they write, "Many of these children are nine and older and have experienced separation and trauma in their young lives. They need what every child needs; to be part of a family, to be treated with kindness and respect, to be nurtured, to have fun and to have a permanent place that is called HOME."

When CJ walked into the room I introduced myself. I had photographed his younger brother last year in a different residential facility. He politely said "hello", shook my hand and then said he had to get something. He ran up to his room and came down with a scrapbook. He opened the scrapbook and in it was EVERY photograph I took of his brother. CJ said he loved the photos of his brother and he was excited about getting his photo taken. I had to hold back my tears as I looked at all the photos I took of his brother, it was one of the most unexpected touching experiences I have had in a long time.

When I took photos of CJ, I could see and feel so much of the little boy he still was. His excitement over his sneakers, his guitar lessons, and his love of the Steelers. I wanted the pictures to capture that youthful innocence.

If you or anyone you know is interested in adopting a child in foster care contact Jennifer at Coordinators 2, inc. or visit





Love & Light,

Stacy


It was down pouring outside so we had to take the photos inside. He was a good sport!





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