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What’s One More?

Amy and Walt Cuevas were the parents of two boys (ages 9 and 15) when they adopted Amy’s sister’s child, Naveah (3) and cared for Naveah’s older sister, Alexis (15). In 2013 the family was enjoying a an outing to Cedar Point when they received a phone call that Amy’s sister had left a 5 month old baby in the care of her disabled father.  Clearly neglected, the baby came accompanied only by an empty diaper bag.  The couple rushed home, cleaned up the baby and immediately took her to the doctor.

Over the next 2 years, Amy and Walt came to care for two more children born with drugs in their systems and displaying developmental delays. Vista Maria facilitated the family’s foster home licensing process and the eventual adoption of the girls.

They worked closely with Tamika Merriman, Foster Care and Adoption Supervisor at Vista Maria. “Completing this adoption was so fulfilling for me because I knew the kids would be well taken care of,” she says, “I love this family.”

Amy says, “Tamika was very good at listening and very good at her job. She was genuinely interested in the well-being of the kids.  She gave me faith in the system.”

It isn’t always easy, but Amy wouldn’t want things any other way. “I can’t imagine my life without them.  I’m glad the situation happened the way it did so that we had the opportunity to raise these little girls.  My husband is famous for saying, “What’s one more?’”

Karen’s DREAM Story

Karen was determined to be the first person in her family to go to college, but was struggling with her classes, and lacked the guidance and support from her family that so many children receive during their adolescent years.

Fortunately, one of Karen’s teachers recommended the Dreams Realized through Education and Mentoring (DREAM) program at Vista Maria. It was at her first DREAM session that Karen met Lisa, a DREAM mentor. Lisa tutored Karen, helped with her homework, and talked with her about boys, friends, what Karen wanted to study at college, and her future aspirations. Karen finally had the support and motivation she needed to overcome the odds.

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