Written by Leah Hazelwood, a GCTFC foster mom

It all started when I decided I wanted to make a difference in the lives of children. I had many friends who had become foster parents and my initial thought was, “Do I have what it takes to do this?” What if their needs are too significant? How would they affect my family? I had so many questions, and thankfully I got good answers. 

Leah Hazelwood and her family.

A friend had recommended that I contact the Groden Center Treatment Foster Care Program, at the Groden Center; and on her advice I did. The GRODEN NETWORK prepared me by offering training, and in-home weekly support once a child was place with me. In addition to 24 hours on call support for any emergency situation. I was never in it alone, then or now! Fast forward 23 years, and I am still providing foster care. It was and continues to be the most rewarding thing I have ever done. 

Leah’s two foster sons have since aged out of the program but continued to live with Leah. Years later, both sons changed their last names to Hazelwood. Her biological daughter has recently joined the GCTFC program, becoming a licensed foster parent.