THE FOSTER CARE COMMUNITy
Nikki began her fostering journey through a kinship placement, when her two grandsons (now 4 and 9) were unexpectedly placed in her care. She first learned about Austin Angels from her case worker. She was admittedly a little skeptical about the Love Box Program, unsure of who she would meet and how they would be able to help.
But once Nikki was matched with her Love Box Leader, Jodie, she and her boyfriend became a huge support system for the family and ultimately played such a positive role in their lives.
Jodie and her boyfriend helped the family with bed makeovers, paid for extracurricular activities and spent lots of quality time with the kids - they played games together, went mini-golfing and visited the Trail of Lights. And while the boys were out having fun, Nikki was able to enjoy some much-needed rest!
When asked about her experience in the Love Box Program, Nikki replied, “I’m just waiting to stop smiling so I can tell you about them! It’s just lovely that somebody else can help me with the kids just for a little bit. Talk and entertain the kids. The older one is in martial arts, and she [Jodie] came to his graduation, and came to his birthday party the other day."
Nikki always knew she wanted her grandkids to remain a part of her family, and after a few years of fostering, she was officially able to adopt them! Jodie and her boyfriend were right there supporting Nikki throughout the adoption process.
"the love box program made it a whole lot easier. it's nice to have someone who cared enough and listened. it's what i needed specifically."