In the last 18 months, 14 of the boys who live at the Goshen Valley Boys Ranch in Waleska have been adopted. That alone is a remarkable statistic.
What may be more noteworthy, however, is the fact that two of the young men who found adoptive homes were 17 and 20 years old.
The Waleska nonprofit currently serves 34 young men ages 9-20 in Georgia’s foster care system. The 300-acre cattle ranch has six residences that each accommodate six boys and house parents.
One home, the Hope House, is occupied by boys in their late teens and early 20s who are pursuing a college education and work experience while a part of the foster care system with a home environment.
Being a part of a permanent home is important at any age, but especially so for the older youth who eventually leave Goshen Valley and need a place to go to celebrate holidays and special occasions.
“No matter a child’s age, when the right family reveals themselves, the opportunity