An adoption liaison sends in a Shout Out to Cynthia Somers with DCS' Family Locate unit, who worked tirelessly to reunite two children with out-of-state family.
I wanted to send a HUGE thank you to Cynthia Somers because of the awesome job she did with an Adoption Family Locate referral. I am working with a sibling group who has already been adopted and now they are back in care again. They have been through so much. Anyway, Cynthia was able to find their biological grandparents out of state. In reaching out to them, they had no clue what happened to the children. The grandparents were in tears when I spoke to them, saying that they have been praying about finding them for years now. They sent me photos of the children as babies. Then I got a flood of calls and emails from aunts, uncles and cousins who heard from the grandparents that these siblings were in care. They all sent me letters for the children, photos to give the children, cards, clothes, toys, etc. Despite not knowing their grandparents, there is a sense of closure that they can get their questions answered about their past and connect with their biological family. To find out that all these family members care for them, think about them, and want to be in their lives, has made a tremendous difference! The grandparents are involved in every CFT and our permanency plan is for them to transition to their grandparent's home who will be adopting them.
Cynthia is a rock star. Without her, we wouldn't have had this opportunity to provide permanency for two children who so desperately need it.