A concerned wife thought to check on her husband who had not come home from work. She didn’t expect to break down in tears at the scene she met.
Chellie Heckman's husband, Jason, works an extremely unpopular job. As a supervisor at the Department of Family and Children's Services (DFACS), Jason is often treated as a messenger of doom who can never be trusted.
“You never hear anyone say ‘oh yay, here comes DFACS’ (Department of Family and Children services) They run and avoid, lie and don’t cooperate when the job they are doing is trying to help the Children,” Chellie wrote.
Not only is the job emotionally draining, but it is also physically challenging, demanding extra shifts, yet, paying very low. Chellie expected her husband would use every chance he got to unwind and take a break, which is why she was surprised when he did not come home from work.
A PICTURE-PERFECT MOMENT
Chellie then decided to visit her husband, but what she saw upon entering the office moved her to tears, and she couldn’t help sharing with the world.
“Attached is the perfect picture of the love and compassion that these guys give that goes unnoticed,” Chellie shared, alongside a photo of an exhausted Jason napping with a child on his chest. Chellie further explained on Facebook:
“After taking this baby into the care of the state, in the process of placing him into foster care, he had to stay after hours and return to pick him back up before hours. Being away from family and familiar faces, the baby was kinda fussy and so he was soothing him and well, needless to say, they had a special moment. His focus was to make sure this baby was cared for and felt safe.”
“He among many others do a very thankless yet fulfilling job and it takes a very special person to handle these cases. Yet the caseworkers and investigators are hardly recognized when there is something great that happens.”
Chellie shared the heartwarming story on social media and received an influx of comments from people around the world praising Jason. Her post was shared more than 10,000 times and attracted over 2,000 remarks.
MAKING FOSTER CARE A BETTER EXPERIENCE
In today’s world filled with hate, acts of terrorism, violence, physical and emotional abuse, etc., it’s good to know there are those looking out for the innocent children often caught in the middle.
It’s tough enough being a foster kid, and every act of kindness goes a long way. One non-profit organization, Together We Rise knows the importance of such actions and created an initiative to help improve the experience of children in foster care.
With the help of donors, they organize “Disney Days,” a program that reunites separated foster siblings for a day of fun at the world-famous Disneyland.
The kids not only get to hang out with their brothers and sisters, but they also take home souvenirs, food, snacks, and other free treats.
Steven Macias, the Donor relations manager for Together We Rise shed more light on how they go about finding the kids, and how the little ones react to the event.
You can find the full details on that uplifting story here.