Hector’s Adoption Story
Hector is a happy, confident, and smart 12 year old boy. Spending time with him today, one would never know the hardship he experienced in his young life. Hector is autistic and in 2008, he was placed into foster care with Abbott House. Working with our network of foster parents, Hector was matched with Valerie Walsh, who has been a certified foster parent with Abbott House since 2008. Hector was just five at the time and only spoke a few words; he still wore diapers and breakfast cereals were his main diet staple. However, after just three months of living with Ms. Walsh, Hector broke from his shell and began to prosper. She worked with him on his life skills, improving his diet, and most importantly – patiently teaching Hector how to effectively communicate. Along the way, Valerie and Hector forged an unbreakable bond eventually leading to Hector’s adoption.
In June 2014, Hector graduated from the fifth grade. The school he was attending specialized in classes and services for children with autism. At his graduation, Hector was recognized with a certificate of completion, the “Most Improved for Self Control Award”, and the “Council Member Andrew Cohen Citizenship Award” for outstanding overall academic and behavioral improvement. Because of his incredible progress and development, Hector now attends community school.
Abbott House applauds Valerie and all of our foster/adoptive parents. And we send our most heartfelt congratulations to young Hector on all of his success!