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