For many years, Logan’s parents had struggled with chemical dependency issues, creating chaos and a lack of structure at home. Logan began failing his classes and skipping school. When he was 13, the county decided his parents’ home was not a safe place, and Logan was placed in a foster home through 180 Degrees.
For the first few months, Logan struggled to adapt to the rules and routines of his foster family. Over time, though, Logan began to develop trust in his foster parents. Logan enrolled in a new school to get a “fresh start.” To everyone’s surprise, he went from failing all of his classes to earning all A’s and B’s, with no unexcused absences. Logan was on a roll.
As a senior, Logan enrolled in the post-secondary education program at the local community college and earned college credits. He took an interest in nursing, which was the career of his foster parents, and eventually declared nursing as his college major. He applied for work and was thrilled to be offered part-time work at two local nursing homes.
As Logan completed his senior year, the county—following its standard process—encouraged Logan to leave the foster care setting and move out on his own. But his relationship with his foster family had grown so close that they invited him to remain in their home. Logan signed a voluntary placement agreement with the county, allowing him to remain in his foster home until the age of 21.
Logan continues to do well in college and has successfully maintained his two jobs. He has blossomed into a thriving young adult, and his relationship with the foster parents continues to grow. Logan hopes to complete his nursing degree by his 21st birthday.
There have been some struggles along the way, but both Logan and his foster parents agree the foster care placement has been very beneficial. Logan says he “wouldn't be where he is today” but for the love and support his foster family provide him.
There is no doubt that Logan’s placement positively impacted him in many ways, and his relationship with the foster family will continue long after Logan leaves their home.
Thank you to all of the 180 Degrees families that open their hearts and home to foster kids!
180 Degrees’ Foster Care Service is a Rochester-area network of licensed foster families serving 20 youth.