In 2008, a single Mom adopted four and five-year-old sisters through CHS. Several years later, when this Mom got married, they decided as a couple to grow their family through another adoption. After looking at waiting children profiles on CHS’s website, they found Brittanie’s profile and became licensed to foster. In April of 2017 they met Brittanie in person and found her to be bright, fun, outgoing and quickly realized that they could meet her needs and that she would fit in well with their other children.
Brittanie entered foster care in 2012 in Mecklenburg County. Before being placed with her CHS family she had five or six other placements including a disrupted adoption.
At the start of the 2017-2018 school year, Brittanie was overcome with anxiety and had to be hospitalized for 10 days to prevent her from harming herself. This was a very difficult period for both Brittanie and her CHS family. However, after realizing that school was a trigger for her anxiety, her parents decided on homeschooling and she is now having great success in this environment. She also continues to work intensively with a therapist to overcome past trauma.
Brittanie has become active with the Girls Scouts, the Morrisville Youth Leadership Council, their church group and she has learned to swim. She was excited to change her name with her adoption and even started wearing dresses.
Brittanie’s younger sisters are now 11 and 12 and she has a 12-year-old brother from her father’s first marriage who lives with this energetic, outgoing family half of the time. As a celebration of their family, the parents are taking the kids on a surprise trip to see the husband’s extended family in St. Thomas where his relatives are planning a huge party.