Sisters from the Start
In 2001, Abbott House welcomed a young girl named Teoma into the foster care program. She was only 14 years old. At that time, she met Jordan – a bouncing, happy 18 month old who was also the daughter of an Abbott House employee—Joyce Sayre-Kelly. Teoma was mentored by Joyce and her family.
At their first encounter, Teoma and Jordan walked around Rockland Lake together. Thirteen years later, Teoma and Jordan call each other “sister”.
At 18, Teoma obtained her own housing and began exploring various training programs. Eventually she moved to California and attended a culinary institute. Throughout her journey, the Kelly family has stayed connected and she spends many holidays with them in their home.
When connections begin, like the one Jordan and Teoma have, they can be forever. It is so important for foster care youth to connect with a family so they have someone to share the triumphs and challenges in life.