Fadwa’s Story

To say Fadwa is driven is an understatement. She doesn’t dream of becoming a surgical nurse, she is actively taking steps to make it happen. And to make her mother proud.

Fadwa lost her mother to cancer when she was just 13 years old. Her father expected Fadwa to assume her mother’s responsibilities and moved the family often, keeping them distanced from any extended family. She was not allowed to have friends or participate in extracurricular activities. She attended five different high schools and managed to maintain excellent grades while she cooked, cleaned, and took care of her two brothers and father.

At 17, she was abandoned by her father and placed in SCO’s foster care program. SCO helped stabilize the teen, placed her with a foster family, and eventually was able to locate a maternal aunt who opened her heart and home to her long-lost niece through kinship foster care.

Despite her early challenges, Fadwa stays focused on the opportunities ahead of her. SCO’s foster care staff helped her prepare for college; guiding her through the application process and helping her achieve both a Dream USA Scholarship and a Youth in Foster Care Award.  Currently a student at Borough of Manhattan Community College, SCO helped her secure an internship with a surgeon at Mount Sinai Hospital.

Fadwa’s goal is to keep her GPA high enough to get into nursing school. And we have no doubt she will achieve this and so much more.

 

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Family Care

SCO Family of Services is committed to providing a variety of residential supports and services for people with developmental disabilities. Our Family Care program places individuals with developmental disabilities into private homes to provide the caring support, guidance and companionship of a family. Each of our Family Care placements is designed to give the individuals we serve high quality, individualized care that is truly person centered.

The Family Care Program assists provider families with agency administered treatment and support services. This can be a natural progression from the Foster Care System if the individual is developmentally disabled or referred by parents, schools, social workers or other professionals.

Looking for Family Care services?

If you or a loved one is an adult with developmental disabilities and in need of residential placement in a family environment, please fill out our application for Family Care services.

Interested in becoming a Family Care provider?

SCO is looking for caring families to provide support and guidance to adults with developmental disabilities.  Family Care providers can be married or single; men or women; owners or renters of a house, apartment or mobile home. Prior experience with individuals with developmental disabilities is not necessary. The most important requirement is the family’s willingness to provide the caring, understanding and security that an individual living in Family Care needs.  Learn more.  Fill out our Family Care provider form and we’ll be in touch shortly.

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