Did you know that there are 719 children in foster care in Maryland waiting to be adopted?
While that statistic is troubling, it would be a lot higher if not for people like Rosedale resident Sandy Weizer. Sandy has been a foster mom to nine children in the past four years. She still clearly recalls the day social workers brought 9-month-old Breanna to her home. Weighing only 10 pounds, she looked more like a 3-month-old. Sandy says she felt an immediate connection, but Breanna could not smile or even cry.
Under Sandy’s loving care and after many complicated medical treatments, Breanna is now an engaged toddler with a sunny personality, even when she was in a body cast for three months. At 18 months, Sandy was able to legally adopt Breanna and she continues to be her biggest cheerleader. She hopes to adopt more children in the future.
I wanted to share the story of the Weizer family as we celebrate National Adoption Month across the country. You can see a photo of Sandy and Breanna in my office over the next two weeks as part of the Adoptive Family Portrait Project, which recognizes families like the Weizers who provide permanency through adoption for children waiting in foster care. I want to thank Sandy Weizer and all of Maryland’s adoptive families for the impact they have made on the lives of their children and on their community.