Adoptions
Teen almost gave up hope of a family after 11 years of foster care until a couple saw him on TV
He had lived in 15 different homes.
Elijah Chan
03.15.22

“There are a ton of kids who are just looking for someone to love them.”

In a span of 11 years, Alex was moved through 15 different families. It was a painful cycle of “getting to know” and “getting used to”, only to do everything all over again once he gets to a new foster.

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No one could blame Alex when he began losing trust in adults. “Grown-ups” for him are just people who say things then leave. He has no long-term connections and he can’t call any place a home. Even schooling was a struggle because it’s a new one every year.

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“Trust was a really big issue,” he said, quoted by Boys and Girls Aid, “There was no point in even looking for a family or trying because I thought I would just end up back in a foster home.”

He began to become problematic.

The organization shared that he became much more prone to outbursts and rarely followed directions. How can he set himself onto a goal if he has no place to anchor himself? How can he center himself when the system kept on failing him?

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The organization, however, still believed that he deserved a family. And to help him, they needed to do two things: let him grow in a stable environment and help him regain his trust in adults.

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The team worked him through every outburst. And when others were expected to give up and walk away, they didn’t. When months turned to years, Alex began to change. He began building relationships with the staff. He began to heal.

At that moment, Fate made its stroke.

As he was undergoing the process of regaining himself, a family was looking for a child to love. Jenny and Stephen Madkour were watching TV when they saw Alex in Jeff Gianola’s Wednesday’s Child segment.

“Anybody who’s seen that video of Alex, his core awesome comes out in that video,” Jenny said to KOIN. “It was such a great thing, the way Jeff Gianola talked to him and Alex’s interaction with him, it really gave us a glimpse of who Alex is.”

They knew they found the boy for them.

And for someone who was used to being passed around, Alex didn’t believe the news when Boys and Girls Aid told him about the Madkours.

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“I didn’t believe them,” Alex said to KOIN. “This is not going to happen, you guys are just trying to fool me.”

Alex expected the worst, only to be proven wrong.

The couple met Alex right before Thanksgiving. Then, right before Christmas, Alex moved in with his new family. Soon enough, he found himself in the process of getting adopted. For the first time in his life, he felt wanted.

Instead of temporary walls, he’s now living on a farm. He’s now learning to take care of animals and using farm engines. He now goes home to hugs, to a pet, to a bedroom. Things that normal kids enjoy.

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After 11 years of searching, he finally found his way home, and the Madkours have no plans of letting him go.

Watch how this foster kid of 11 years finally found a family to call home.

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By Elijah Chan
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Elijah Chan is a contributor at SBLY Media.
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