My foster sons dream to see the Miami Heat play
Organized by: Kandi Harris
I am a single mom with one son who had a best friend named Gabriel. Gabriel had problems at home in 2012 and had been staying with myself and my son, with his mom's permission. The problems at home got worse and Gabriel had to report his mom to DCF to protect his brothers remaining in the home and all three boys were removed from their home and sent to a shelter. I was called by Childnet and asked to come to the court hearing. The judge thanked me for supporting Gabriel and providing him with temporary shelter and she asked if I would consider taking his 13 year old brother (Tristan) and him to shelter them on a long term basis. Although I was not a licensed foster parent, I agreed, much to DCF's anger. They wanted the judge to have a home study of me first but she had decided my home and stable employment was a better option than the drug abuse home they lived in currently. So after that I became their permanent guardian, after 2 years of court battles. Gabriel has since moved out when he turned 18 but Tristan stayed with us. I love him as if I gave birth to him and although I provide for his basic needs, his one dream is to sit court side at a Miami Heat game. Tristan escaped the drug trail his mother has followed And for that I am thankful. He is sports minded and hopes to play professional basketball someday. I recently enrolled him to play in the community basketball program. He is excited. I was able to take him to a game in the nosebleed section and he enjoyed it. I just want to take him to a game with good seats to inspire and motivate him and I also want to enroll him in the Miami Heat summer basketball camp. This means so much to us. If you can donate anything at all to help us make this dream a reality, I would appreciate it. I have never received any financial help because I was not a family member/relative and I am not a licensed foster parent. Not to mention that I never got child support for my own son. I've don't this all by myself. Thank you for reading our story. God bless you.