Social Worker Connie Going Just Couldn’t Find a Family for Taylor. Until She Looked a Little Closer to Home.

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From every wall in Connie Going’s office, success literally smiles down on the room – parents and children united by the dedication and daily work of the Tampa Bay social worker, whose job is to build forever families and permanent home for kids in the system. And yet, for Taylor, this was a ten-year struggle that was almost always his fault, always a disaster, always ending in tears. He was terrified of being unlovable and lashed out in anger that always saw him returned to the Foster system. When Connie recognized the physical ache in her heart for Taylor, she dropped him as a client. She was getting too close to the case as a social worker – but just the right distance as a mom. See a story of adoption and connection even in the face of difficult in the clip below.

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Michael Harrell is a former staff member and current volunteer at St. Luke's Lutheran Church in Federal Way, Washington. A blogger by hobby and social media manager by trade, he continues to teach the faith to ninth graders when he's not busy watching movies or theatre. He loves the Seattle Mariners, and his wife wants you to know he's married. You can follow him on Twitter.