When 7-year-old Ava* arrived at her new foster home, she had never been to school before, did not know the alphabet and could only write her name. She also had never been potty trained.

Ava was enrolled in the first grade but had difficulty keeping up with her peers. Her foster parents reached out to the school and together they came up with a plan for Ava to learn how to read and write: she attends Kindergarten language arts classes in the morning and first grade subjects in the afternoon.

After about six months, Ava learned her ABCs and can write notes and letters to her foster mom. She's also learned to go to the bathroom on her own and is focusing on not having any accidents at night.

Ava has blossomed in her foster home and even says she loves going to school--all because a foster family opened their doors...and their hearts.

May is National Foster Care Month. At ACH, we believe that every child deserves a safe home and adults they can trust. Simple activities like reading a book or teaching a child to ride a bike can make a big impact in the life of a child and build relationships. Sometimes, it's the small things that matter most.

If you or someone you know is interested in becoming a foster parent, call 817.886.7140 to speak with our friendly and capable foster care and adoption staff.

*Name changed for privacy.