Credit and Appreciation go to: Samatha Daniels Photography


We sometimes like to refer to our older kiddos as “overcomers” – they’ve often had to overcome a great deal to get to where they are, so the description is fitting. It conveys the strength, determination, and resilience that they possess, even if they don’t see it themselves. Our friend Rachel is definitely an “overcomer.” She has made an incredible amount of progress in recent months and has reached a point in her young life where she’s allowing herself to simply be a teenager instead of trying to be the parent (a role she was forced into in her life before foster care). It’s been an incredible transformation to watch, and we’re incredibly proud of her. She’s given herself permission to take time to enjoy being outdoors, looking at and creating artwork, and playing with animals. There are still some obstacles to overcome – Rachel is not a big fan of loud noises and gets anxious around some adult men at times – but she is ready and willing to put in the work to overcome these, too. Given how far she’s come, we’re confident she’ll get there, especially with your love, support, and guidance.

Age: 17

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