Each week on A Place to Call Home, we introduce you to children looking for forever families. Eric and Lamont were two such children. They found a forever family and it changed their lives forever.
However, both the brothers and their parents will say it wasn't the easiest journey. Eric said the hardest part was going to an all white school. But it didn't take him long to find his place and adapt to his new classmates and surroundings. He excelled on the football field and just graduated from high school.
His new mom, Sue Derrsch, said she knew the boys were "home" when a simple phone call to Eric ended with "love you."
Sue and her husband Jim had a great support network within their own family. Sue's sister, Maryanne Dersch, and brother-in-law have also adopted three children through the foster care system.
Together, both families want to help pre-adoptive families navigate the system. "We are also committed to trying to make it not so hard for families to get together. It shouldn't take all of this work," Sue Dersch said. "The greatest costs are to the children who are kept waiting through this."
If you would like more information about foster care or adoption, please call the Foster and Adoptive Care Coalition at 1-800-FOSTER3. Maryanne Dersch also invites families to reach out to her on Facebook.