Sutton FamilyThe Suttons are one of the amazing families who have found room in their hearts for children with special needs. They began their relationship with daughter Jocesha by providing foster care and then ultimately adopted her. Watch their amazing family in action.
In addition to offering adoption services, Project STAR offers family preservation services. The goal is to ensure that each child safely remains with, or will be returned to, his birth family. They assist families in identifying their strengths and provide them with the tools and information necessary to care for the children in their home. One of the parents Project STAR works with is Amy Sickelsmith who has 5 boys. Her son Brady, has hydrocephalus and other disorders. For Amy, Project STAR has been an amazing source of support.
Jaskola FamilyThe Jaskola family consists of two boys and a little girl who keep mother Noel and father Michael on their toes. Watch their story as they talk about how Project STAR at The Children’s Institute helped them build their amazing family.
ReunificationOne of the goals of Project STAR at The Children’s Institute is keeping families together. If children have been removed from the home due to neglect or abuse, Project STAR works with local agencies to see if that family can be reunited. View the story to learn more about what role Project STAR plays in this process.