Colleen always wanted to be the mother of several girls. She approached People Places with a mission: to adopt a girl in third grade or younger. People Places got to know Colleen, to understand her hopes and dreams, and then they introduced her to seven-year-old Allison. When Colleen finished the adoption process facilitated by People Places, the little girl became incredibly excited. For the first time in her short life, she was going home.
As Allison blossomed into a kind and loving young woman, Colleen and her husband decided to adopt another girl. And when they took in two brothers who needed respite care, Colleen discovered her self-doubt about sons was totally unfounded. Her growing family fell in love with the boys as well as their older sister, and when Colleen decided to adopt all three children, People Places helped her manage the transition from two children to five.
Today, Allison is nineteen years old and studying to become a nurse’s aide. She makes care packages for foster children who come to People Places, and she often visits her parents and siblings to share in family time. Sometimes she and Colleen go for walks together, and Allison still holds her mom’s hand.