Born and raised in Jax, FL married to John and we have two children from my belly (24-year-old - Ben and 20 year old, Reagan), we also have two from our hearts - ( Rylee is 11 and Jacob is almost ten May 7). We fostered for 13 of our 24 1/12 years and have had 61 children in our home!! We started a non profit in 2009 and have helped over 7500 children in and out of foster care!
We adopted Jake and Rylee April 5, 2016. We knew about Jake's DMD prior to adoption, however his mental health was our first priority. I have a lot of PTSD because Jake was tortured, we had to deal with a lot of mental health issues, as well as seven days after coming into our home, we had a scheduled MDA clinic apt in Gainesville to find out Jake has DMD. That was hard to know in his prior (adoptive house) they wanted him dead and now he finds out he is dying. IF I knew of a 7-year old that wanted to die, it was Jake!!! We have had so many mental health issues (PTSD, Compulsive disorder, ADHD as well as attachment disorders, that I have had The highest of ups and the lowest of downs, to where I have PTSD at times. We are at a loss for Jake and need help.
About my family:
John and I have been married 24 1/2 years and have 4 children. We live in Atl Beach FL. I run an nonprofit for foster care children in NEFL and Central FL. John has 7 businesses and loves his family. We spend a lot of time together and cherish every minute!
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