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Stories

Child donates gifts to kids in need.

Sophie G., a 13 year old Girl Scout and young advocate for DCCH, collected toys for the children in our Residential Treatment Program. Sophie and her family have volunteered at DCCH in many ways over the years. She recently dropped off the gifts she collected.

Thank you, Sophie!!

Below is the letter Sophie wrote to Santa.

Dear Santa,

This year I don’t want any presents. I want to donate all the stuff I could have asked for to kids in homeless shelters and hospitals.

The Comfort Quilters

Comfort Quilters came through again this year in a mighty way. Jan and Emily Paolucci and many of their quilting friends created over 100 quilts and the same number of pillow cases. With each comes a special prayer all the children in our foster families and all the children living in the DCCH Residential Program. This is the second year for such beautiful and generous gifts.

Siblings holding hands

DCCH Foster Mom Katy Sullivan shares thoughts about her role, and we just had to share.

For those of you who don’t know me, we have seven children and two foster daughters ages six and seven.

In my previous life before marriage and children, I was a social worker for the state and worked with children in out of home care, their birth parents, and sometimes, foster parents. During this time, I was blessed to work with some amazing foster parents, like Susan. She had an incredible gift to love every child placed with her family as if they were the only child in the entire world. I learned firsthand how you can love a child, regardless of how God brings them to you!

Ron Bertsch

Perfection

Written by Ron Bertsch, Director of Foster Care and Adoption

As Father’s Day 2021 nears, we can reflect on what St. Joseph offers men as way of a model. Where to begin, first let me share my passion.

Joseph being the foster father of Jesus, took the role of nurturing, protecting, and caring for Jesus seriously. Stepping up for a child not his own but treating him as such. Pope Francis says, “fathers are not born but made. A man does not become a father simply by bringing a child into the world, but by taking up the responsibility to care for that child.” I challenge all fathers to make a commitment to be the best you can be. With St. Joseph’s intercession, I pray for more men to step up to become foster and adoptive fathers for abused and neglected orphans in our community.