CARBON COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — If the young man in this month’s ‘A Little Love’ looks familiar, that’s because you may have seen him before.
Frank has changed in so many ways since Eyewitness News featured him more than two years ago at a local arcade.
The 15-year-old now has a permanent family to call his own. For the 9th grade honor roll student, finding a home has been a relief.
“It’s very good,” says Frank. “I’m glad I’m not in foster care anymore.”
Frank’s patience is proof that the Statewide Adoption Network (SWAN) gets results. He found permanent custody with Steven and Christine Stone, of Carbon County, and has been living with them for a few years.
“He’s an upstanding gentleman,” says Steven. “He’s very respectable. He enjoys going to school. He cherishes his job. He’s just a great all-good kid.”
Christine says, in those early days, it was important to listen to Frank and learn his life story.
“You have to realize what they’ve been through and help them to achieve their goal of becoming an upstanding person so they can move forward in life,” says Christine.
That’s where the parental guidance really comes into play. Frank sees those changes in himself since joining the Stone family.
“I feel like I’ve matured a lot more,” says Frank. “[It has helped] my attitude, my coping skills, my social skills. They teach you how to talk to friends, talk to family, and stuff like that.”
Frank now has the support to put those skills to use in the real world. For example, last year he won third place at the state competition for the Special Olympics bowling tournament. Frank describes what it was like to finally have a family cheering him on.
“They had my back,” says Frank. “They were on my side. They were like ‘you got this Frank. You can get this.'”
“When Frankie got his medal he was ecstatic and he wore it for about two or three weeks and showed it to everyone and took it to school,” says Steven.
That’s just one reason Frank is proud of the young man he has become over the past few years. Looking back at his own experience, he has a message to all the other kids out there right now looking for that permanent home.
“You’ll find it,” says Frank. “It just takes some time.”
For more information on the Statewide Adoption Network, including post-permanency services, call 1-800-585-7926.