Richie* came into foster care after his school reported that his attendance was irregular. When he did attend school, his homework wasn’t finished, his clothes were dirty and he was very hungry. Upon further investigation, it was found that Richie’s mother was struggling with addiction and was unable to care for him. He was unsupervised the majority of the time and came and went from home and school whenever he liked.
He was only 9 years old.
Richie is now in the care of the Northwest Arkansas Children’s Shelter where he receives three meals per day, a safe, warm place to sleep, counseling, medical and dental services and a caring staff who are available 24 hours per day to meet his needs. He attends school on-site at Horizon Academy where he receives individualized instruction to help make up for years of educational neglect.
Richie loves being outside, listening to music and playing video games. His favorite food is chicken fingers and he has a smile that lights up the room.
While the search continues for a foster family for Richie, the Shelter is here to care for him and help him heal from the trauma he has endured. Our team is available, 24-hours per day, 365 days per year for the children who need us the most.
*name and image changed to protect the privacy of the youth in our care