Dorothy Cordero has been a foster mother for many years. I interviewed Dorothy and her foster son, Chris, for The Teen Toolbox National Foster Care Month blog series on teen males in foster care. Chris has been a part of Dorothy’s family for six years. There are two other male foster teens living in the home. Dorothy is passionate and compassionate. She epitomizes motherhood.
When asked about her experience with foster care in her home state of New York, Dorothy said it has been “great so far”. “I have been able to help kids succeed in life and provide a loving, nurturing home for them,” she continued. Chris agrees. Dorothy and Chris have a very good relationship. Dorothy took Chris in with open arms despite the foster care file that preceded his arrival. Chris has stated and Dorothy believes wholeheartedly that there were reports in his file that were untrue. The pair was only able to discover the untruths through open communication. They have bonded, respect each other, and even completed each other’s sentences during our interview.