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After Five Years in State Custody, Lateria Goes Home with Aunt

November 18, 2011

Lateria, in blue, spent five years in state custody with no family. Youth Villages searched and found a maternal aunt who expressed a desire to adopt her. Late last year, Lateria was reunited with her aunt and cousins, below. In June, her adoption was made official.

Lateria spent five years or exactly 70 months in state custody before finding a forever home with her aunt.

Lateria lived in foster care, the Wallace Group Home and the Girls Center on Youth Villages’ Bartlett Campus.

“When I first met Lateria, she was pretty lost. She had no anger management skills and had aggression issues,” said Tyler Banks, Intercept supervisor. “Now, Lateria is funny, gets along with others, is a pleasure to work with, and has developed great critical thinking and judgment skills.”

When Lateria was living in Wallace, she qualified for Youth Villages’ intensive family finder program, which connected her to her maternal aunt.

Youth Villages’ family finder program searches for biological family members for the children Youth Villages is trying to place in “forever” homes.

Lateria’s aunt was granted subsidized permanent guardianship and last fall, Lateria was able to go to her aunt’s house and was reunited with her cousins.

This June, the adoption was made official and Lateria has found her “forever” home.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Alisha Hall permalink
    November 18, 2011 11:21 am

    This is wonderful, I am so happy to hear a happy ending. In September I was contacted by Youth Villages about my niece. I had not seen or heard from her in 7 years. We have visited, and sent letters back and forth. If she chooses I would like for her to come to my home, and be part of our family! This story gives me hope that maybe this will come true!

  2. November 18, 2011 1:12 pm

    Love this story!!! She deserves the chance to live “in a family”, not just “with a family”.

  3. June 5, 2012 11:01 am

    I was lucky enough to have Lateria in my home on occasion while she was in Youth Villages. I am sooo happy to hear that she is finally at her “forever home”.

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