Meet Zachary - - an outgoing, fun-loving, 6-year-old boy, whose start in life was filled with uncertainty and instability. Quite frankly, he was no one's priority and was exposed, on a daily basis, to drug deals in the kitchen, loaded guns lying around and having a gun pulled on him during a drug raid at his home. Removed from his mother in a drug house where he was living the first year of his life, Zachary has been passed around from foster care to a family member and finally to Kate, a compassionate person who took Zachary into her home and family.
Zachary arrived at Kate's house two months early, unannounced, hungry, and tired. Zachary's aunt basically abandoned him so she could be free for two months prior to being incarcerated for the second time.
Although she was a complete stranger, Kate immediately embraced Zachary as one of her own and through love, structure, and stability; she has shown him what his life should be like. He went from being an uncontrollable, swearing 5-year-old to a polite, respectful, caring, outgoing and delightful little boy. The director of his Kindergarten said; Zachary went from being a non-applicant to my star student in one year.
Kate, a single mother of two teenage girls who will soon go off to college, realizes that Zachary needs more then she can offer. That's where Kate’s friends; Mark and David come in. They have two boys of their own that they adopted; close in age to Zachary. After setting up play dates and sleep-overs, Zachary has been living with Mark and David every weekend for the past four months. Zachary has become a member of Mark and David’s family as well and they would love to make it permanent.
The first step includes going to court to get legal guardianship of Zachary and terminate the parental rights of his aunt, who is contesting.
Mark and David want to ensure that Zachary does not return to his previous life where he was not a priority and his future is uncertain. The cost of going to court is estimated to be $40,000 plus.
This is where you can come in to make a difference in one little boy’s life. Mark and David have already made a substantial financial investment of their own but they can’t do this alone. They are grateful for financial contributions of any amount (in this challenging economy, every little bit helps).
Please consider giving Zachary a chance at a better life.