The first step towards ensuring a safe, nurturing and healthy life of a child is removing the abused from their dangerous environment; however the alternative Foster Care System can be just as painful. Furthermore certain “special” populations of foster care youth are overlooked within traditional systems of child welfare. More often than not, teenage mothers in foster care are separated from their child at birth because no programs exist to accommodate them…until now.
At the age of 74, foster parent Helen Coppage saw the need for a dedicated residential program that would allow teenage foster mothers and their babies to remain together as mother and child; one that would teach them the additional skills they would need to be independent and self-sufficient parenting adults. With seven years of profound determination, Our Mother’s Home of Southwest Florida, Inc. became a reality; after being dedicated on Mother’s Day of 2000. Helen passed away later in the same year at 81.