Foster Care & Adoption: The Making of a Family

Leola and Aliyjah

Leola Brooks, a seasoned foster care provider through The Up Center, understood the suffering of youth in foster

care. She knew that when they arrived at her door that they were seeking a safe, stable and loving place to call home.

With Leola, they could receive compassion and learn positive lessons that they could carry with them to adulthood.

In 2010, along came Alyjah, a skinny teen with a wry sense of humor. He was placed into foster care after repeated

abuse by his father. “My mom didn’t take care of me,” said Alyjah. But Leola did. She knew how to give him the

kindness and care he needed to feel safe again. What she didn’t know was what Alyjah would bring to her life, and

that it would bind them for a lifetime.

Over time, the two grew close, developing an extraordinary bond. The strength of that bond led Leola to adopt Alyjah,

creating a forever family for them both.

In 2013, The Up Center placed 120 children in loving foster or adoptive homes – a 24% increase over 2012. You too can open your door, and your heart, to a child in need. Click here to learn more.

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