Foster Mom Made a Difference for a Troubled Youth

on Wednesday, 04 April 2012. Posted in Voices in Recovery

Jessica Reid was placed in foster care at an early age.  Her mother left her 4 kids with her boyfriend when Jessica was only 7 years old.  She floated through several foster homes, feeling like an outsider.  Studies show that children raised in foster care are more likely to become involved in criminal behavior, homelessness, and addiction.

Jessica got lucky, though.  According to 570News, Jessica ended up with one foster family that changed her life.  Her foster mother, Joan, took her in when Jessica was only 13.  Jessica remembers that Joan actually cared about her, taking her to get haircuts and shopping for new clothes.  Joan opened Jessica’s eyes, giving her confidence and self esteem.  Jessica faced numerous struggles as a young adult, but her foster mother who went the extra mile for her became Jessica’s moral compass in times of darkness. Jessica realized she wanted to be that person for someone.

Jessica battled an addiction to crack cocaine and crystal meth for several years.  During those years, she had two children.  One died from a heart defect, and the other was raised by someone else in his early years.  Jessica says, “I was crying and crying because I did not want to be that parent.”  Her memories of Joan helped her through the hard times, realizing that there were people out there who cared.  Today, Jessica Reid is raising her son once more, and she is back in school.  She hopes to make a better life for him, and she is staying clean along the way.

Photo courtesy of 570News.

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