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Foster mom's care impacts children's live
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Foster mom's care impacts children's lives
Vivian Hutchinson of Bridgeport will be honored by the Connecticut Department of Children and...
HARTFORD — When Vivian Hutchinson became his foster mother, Tony, a Bridgeport baby who was born with a rare disease, wasn't expected to live more than a few months.
He needs to be fed through a tube and requires oxygen and continual care.
Now, Hutchinson believes Tony, who is 13 months, is getting stronger every day, and she has earned a statewide reputation for being a foster mother for children with medical complications.
On Tuesday, Hutchinson, the mother of three grown children and Raey, an adopted 5-year-old boy, was honored by the state Department of Children and Families during a late-afternoon ceremony in the Legislative Office Building.
The event marked a new statewide effort to help attract blacks and Hispanics to adopt children or become foster parents for hundreds of youngsters who need homes.
"The state has provided everything for this child," said Hutchinson, 51, in an interview. "When I took Tony, when he was four-and-a-half-months old; if you looked on the computer and read the information the doctor gave us, you would totally say to me, 'How in the world could I do it?' "
Tony was born with Crisponi syndrome, the symptoms of which include spiking fevers, breathing problems and a requirement that he's fed liquids through a tube. Now, after nearly nine months with Tony, Hutchinson has learned a lot.
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