Kristen and Dan Barron, a local fireman and stay-at-home mom, were married in 1996. After four years of tremendous heartache trying to conceive and failed pregnancies, they stumbled upon Angels Foster Family Network in 2009.
After a scrupulous screening process the couple became certified and waited for that first call for a baby needing their care. Soon after, the Barron's we're blessed with 15-month old baby Jeremiah in August of that year and continued to foster babies in need – including a six-week old baby with 21 broken bones and another 28-day-old little boy who was born drug addicted.
The couple officially adopted their foster baby Jeremiah. The family continues to foster and has been home to fourth baby since December 2011. This adoption is almost complete as well.
To make these happy endings a reality and to continue to help set the littlest ones in foster care on the path to a happy, well adjusted life, Angels will be holding their annual fundraising event, An Evening with Angels, for the first time as an evening affair on Friday, October 12th at 6:00 pm at the Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine.
Each year in San Diego County, at least 1,500 infants and toddlers are victims of abuse and neglect. Many of them will enter the traditional foster care system and bounce from home to home – an average of four times in the first year. This disruptive care causes life-long damage to a child’s brain at the most critical period of development. Angels, a San Diego foster family agency dedicated to transforming the lives of neglected and abused infants and toddlers, aims to change this statistic.
Founded by Cathy Richman of La Mesa in 1998, Angels was a response to the crisis she witnessed as a volunteer with the San Diego County Juvenile Court. Cathy developed an innovative model of foster care dedicated to placing victimized babies with the most carefully-screened and trained families.
In 1999, Angels placed its first baby, and as of September 2012, over 550 babies have been rescued through the program. Today, about half the children are ultimately adopted by their Angels families.
–Angels Press Release