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WFSB Channel 3 - Foster care tributes to local mans success
CT (WFSB) - May is
National Foster Care Month, leaving 31 designated days to honor individuals and
families who have committed to caring for a child when their biological parent
one Waterbury man, the bond with his foster mother was strong enough to pull
him off of the wrong path and help him set his sight on success.
Jones works full time and has one semester left at Post University, but his now
bright future didn't always look that way.
felt that I would never be happy, with a family," Jones said, adding that
when he was young his father was in jail and he witnessed one of his mother's
boyfriends kill his baby sister, and then was beaten and taken away from his
mom and sent to foster care.
he was sent to 14 different foster homes, he was dropped off on a curb one day,
and he didn't know what would happen next, until Maude Pendarvis came into his
said you don't have to tell people you're in foster care. You're in, this is
your family, if you choose it," Pendarvis said is what she told Jones, and
her attitude of family first, no-nonsense, patience and understanding spurred a
I felt like one of her own, it was like 'wow, I think this is where I want to
be,'" Jones said, adding that in his rebellious stage he rode with a gang
and sold drugs, but Pendarvis didn't give up on him.
told him, 'I'm here to save you, I'm not going to see you caught up in the
street,'" Pendarvis said.
spent seven years, through high school graduation, with Pendarvis, whom he now
calls his grandmother.
and Pendarvis were connected by the Boys and Girls Village, which helped
connect 5,000 youths and families in the state.
is a prime example of what we're looking to do. Connect kids with long life,
family ties," said Carra Conlan, of Boys and Girls Village.
Jones and Pendarvis said foster families know the bond among them isn't blood,
but love. Jones' family continues to grow even more since he and his wife are
expecting their first child.
actually looking forward to being what my father really wasn't to me. I want to
be all that I can be toward my child. I want to be the best father, ever. I
want to give my son everything that I didn't have," Jones added.
and Girls Village said the need for foster parents is greater than ever. If
you're interested in learning more about foster parenting click here.
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