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Angels In Our Midst

Angels In Our Midst

 
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Angels in our Midst (Nancy)

Updated: Saturday, August 3 2013, 01:43 PM CDT
ESCAMBIA COUNTY  -  A few years ago, I followed up with a young man we met when he was 14 years old.
    
Rayvon had been the victim of horrific abuse and was in the Foster Care and Adoptions system.   

He told me that day, "Nancy saved my life."
Nancy, an adoptions caseworker with the state and now, Children's Home Society, has been saving children for three decades.
    
She is truly an Angel in our Midst.
Nancy Clark, The Children's Angel;  "Some of them have been through circumstances that no child should have to endure."
    
Over the past 30 years, Nancy Clark has helped hundreds of children though the tragic circumstances in their lives.  She has found Foster and adoptive homes for all of them never giving up on a single one.
   
Nancy;  "I never will.  Where there's life, there's hope.  And these children are lovable.  Sometimes you have to look beyond a behavior or two but underneath, they're children."
 
Peggy Custred, FamiliesFirst Network;  "We've worked together for over 20 years.  She's my best friend and I admire her so much.  She's an incredible caseworker."
    
A caseworker with a heart and a 6th sense for finding just the right home for each child; a home where they're accepted and loved unconditionally with all the emotional and physical scars they bring with them.
   
Geraldine;  "She always knew, well, Geraldine can handle this one.  I feel like it's no accident that I get the kids that I get."

Nancy;  "Sometimes your senses just tell you when a family is sincere and has the passion and the patience and the nurturing ability that our children so badly need."
    
Finding that right home requires knowing, really knowing her children.
Peggy;  "She has a wonderful relationship with every child she works with.  She is just in tune with their needs and their emotions and so very caring."
    
Geraldine Scott, Foster & Adoptive Mom;  "Being there.  And her spirit.  She has a pleasant and kind spirit."
    
For always "being" there, Nancy is being presented the R. David Thomas Child Advocate award, named for the late founder of the Wendy's Restaurant chain .  The statue depicts an adult raising a child into the air; like Nancy has raised many children from despair.
   
Nancy;  "I can't remember a specific child more than any other because I've loved them all."
Angels in our Midst is brought to you by Sacred Heart Children's Hospital.

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