It is estimated that there are currently over 400,000 youth under the age of 21 in the U.S. foster care system.
Most children get placed into foster care because their parents were deemed unfit to take care of them. While some quickly find a forever home with a foster family, many are passed from home to home. Foster children often have a difficult time adjusting to new homes, and foster parents may find it hard to help them deal with their potentially traumatic pasts.
The foster care system is far from perfect, but every once in a while, an inspiring success story comes along. For this family in Oregon, they found that adding a puppy companion into the equation can make all the difference.
After being a foster grandmother for many years, Sandi Swiridoff decided to adopt an 11-month-old Australian Labradoodle named Reagan.
While she was welcoming her fur baby into her home, her daughter Kari gained a family member, too: a new foster baby, 11-month-old Buddy.
Buddy and Reagan hit it off right away.