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Devon gets adopted by his mentor

May 9, 2012


Devon, 16

Devon was one of eight children who had lingered in Pinellas County, Florida’s child welfare system the longest. Never able to live with his biological parents, Devon was taken into foster care as an infant and grew up in foster and group homes.

Youth Villages was given 180 days to help Devon and the other seven children get on track toward permanent homes.

Devon’s family intervention specialist, Mandy Carr, immediately began supporting Natalie, a Florida assistant state attorney who had become Devon’s mentor. Natalie hadn’t planned to adopt but was open to the possibilities.

In 2011, Devon’s adoption was finalized. Natalie is his mom.

“Being stuck in foster care for over 10 years felt lonely and hopeless. I felt like no one cared about me. My life changed in several ways since Natalie came into my life. She taught me how to interact with people. She taught me morals and values. She showed me how to be in a family. She is the one person who didn’t give up on me. She made me into a better person.” – Devon

“We were at an adoption event, and he was sitting there all by himself. I went over to talk to him. Devon loves music and had brought his guitar to the event. I asked him to play some songs for me. He’s a wonderful, talented child.” – Natalie, Devon’s mom

Devon is one of several children featured in the Youth Villages 2011 Program Report. Learn how Youth Villages helps thousands of children like Devon every year with intensive in-home treatment.

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