Acceptance Leads to Adoption for Galindo Print Content Email Content Friday, May 15, 2015 Page Image Page Content Helping a child feel accepted and loved is a top priority for any foster family.But for Maria Sanchez, a Boys Town North Florida Foster Parent, it’s more than a priority.It’s a reality.When 5-year-old Galindo was placed with Maria’s family, he was in desperate need of love and a caring home. His medical needs had been neglected by his mother and he had been left home alone many times. Galindo had spent time in several other foster homes that were unable to meet his needs, and it was apparent he needed therapeutic foster care.When Galindo was placed with Maria, he joined a family that comprised Stephen, a former Boys Town youth Maria had adopted, and Maria’s own two children.“Since the beginning, Galindo was always made to feel like one of the family,” said the Boys Town Consultant who worked with the Sanchez family. “Maria also claimed him as her ‘son.’”Galindo had a bad habit of wandering away, which he developed at one of his previous foster homes. To protect him, Maria introduced Galindo to all of his new neighbors and implemented a safety plan, but Maria made the entire process a show of love for the boy and convinced him that family always knows where other family is.In Galindo’s first three years with the Sanchez family, he showed remarkable improvements in both his behavior and his social skills. He was able to attend regular school, and Maria immersed him in her Hispanic culture, teaching him Spanish, which his siblings all speak fluently.This past year, Maria took the final step in making Galindo part of the family, officially adopting him.“If Maria had not stepped forward, I don’t know who would have been able to meet Galindo’s needs,” the Boys Town Consultant said. “It is such a loving relationship. And, it is so satisfying to see a young person be welcomed into a family, and have the end result be an adoption.”Now, Galindo truly does have a family and a home he can call his own. The stories provided about the children and families in our care are real. In some cases, names may be changed and details altered to protect their privacy and therapeutic interests.