Lucky for the 40 abandoned New York City children that Josefina Rodriguez took in during recent decades and raised as foster children, this now 61-year-old woman loves children. This is also lucky for Ms. Rodriguez’ oldest daughter, Hanny Casado, 40, who was born brain damaged and still lives at home. It is lucky for Mia Rodriguez, 8, who Ms. Rodriguez took in as a foster child and later adopted. And it is lucky for Natasha Rodriguez, 12, who Ms. Rodriguez also took in as a foster child and adopted regardless of the autism and mental retardation that make Natasha a more challenging child to raise.
Thanks to a wide array of support provided by Kennedy Child Study Center, an affiliate of Catholic Charities that assists children with developmental delays, this financially and emotionally stressed family continues to thrive.
“These are not real problems,” Ms. Rodriguez says when questioned about pressures she navigates every day. “Problems are grave illnesses, when someone you love dies. I have commitments, not problems, commitments to take care of my children.”
Read their story in The New York Times.