Matthew's Story

Fc5101 boy with disability for foster care

By Tracie Ball, Senior Program Manager of Specialized Foster Care in Rome

In January 2012, when Matthew was only four years old, he entered Lutheran Services of Georgia's Specialized Foster Care program in Rome. Matthew was diagnosed with a disability, non-verbal, and still in diapers. He also had never been enrolled in school.

After Rome case managers placed Matthew in a LSG foster home, he was immediately enrolled in school. With lots of time and attention from his new foster family, Matthew began speaking and was fully potty trained by the time he was adopted by his forever family in December of 2013.

Matthew is a joyful little boy, and it has been exciting for us to watch his progress. Matthew's foster mother is still in contact with his adoptive mother, who sends pictures of Matthew often. Matthew is thriving in his new adoptive home and has even started talking in full sentences.

LSG is continually recruiting individuals and couples to open their homes up to children in foster care. For more information about foster care or becoming a foster parent with LSG, click here.