Get to Know embrella 40 Club Member Tracey Bouzoumita

How long have you been fostering?

7 years.

How many children in foster care have you had in your home?


How many of these children (if any) have you adopted?


What made you become a foster parent?

When my bio children were small I worked nights in a motel where we had many families living. There was an eight-year-old boy who lived with his parents who were both drug addicts. I asked them one day if I could take him to my son’s birthday party and bring him home the next day. They said yes, and when I went to bring him back there was no one there. I kept taking him home with me until about 3 days later the father popped up and said the mother was unable to be found; she was on a drug binge. I took the boy home with me and he didn’t leave my house for almost three years. After many years. I would think of how I had helped him and how maybe I could help other kids. My kids were all grown, and I had a bad health scare. Laying in my hospital bed I prayed that if I lived through this I would help as many kids as I could. So, here I am 7 years later, loving my life, but here I am the very proud mother of 2 boys from foster care.

What advice would you give to your fellow foster parents?

To make sure they have a good line of communication with their caseworkers and don’t believe everything you hear.

What is the most important thing you would like the public to know about foster families?

We are families who are trying to raise other people’s children with varying amounts of abuse and neglect in their backgrounds. Our lives are turned upside down every time a new member joins our clan, and it’s a constant struggle to make sure all the children in our homes have everything they need to grow and change the cycle of abuse and neglect. These are not “normal” children – they are SPECIAL!!

How has embrella helped you as a foster parent?

I enjoy going to all the trainings. I love to learn things that can help me with my kids.

If you could leave a message in a bottle for children in foster care, what would it be?

Always believe you are a special person and you can help shape your future. Get an education to break the chains of abuse.