At the Trumbull County Children Services agency’s annual Rising Up and Moving On banquet, James and Brandi Bobco of Liberty were honored for their commitment to getting off drugs to regain custody of their son.
“James and Brandi are a noteworthy illustration of determination and commitment,” a case worker said at Friday’s banquet at McMenamy’s Banquet Center in Niles.
“They became involved with the agency when their son, Warren, was born positive for cocaine, opiates, marijuana and methadone” the worker said.
The couple was desperate to some day have their son home with them, and they agreed to participate in the Family Dependency Treatment Court starting March 30, 2012. They graduated March 29, 2013.
“They have been sober since February 2012 and have gone nowhere but forward, grasping onto recovery,” the worker said.
They received temporary custody of their son on July 10, 2012, completed parenting classes and followed many other requirements.
“Warren recently celebrated his first birthday as a healthy, happy, intelligent little man,” the worker said.
Workers also recognized LeAmber Bridges, 18, of Warren, who has been in three foster homes during her time in the agency’s care but has been with the same family three years.
“She is very bonded with her foster family and has been open to the support and guidance from the family and their strong support system,” a worker said, adding that she is an honor-roll student at the Ashtabula Vocational Technical School.
Rebecca Foulk of Warren was honored for achieving more than two years’ worth of sobriety, allowing her to regain custody of her son, Jacob, after alcohol abuse caused the agency to remove her son in 2010.
The agency also recognized Tyrell Jethrow, 18, of Liberty, who has been in foster care since he was 8 years old. He has been with his current foster parents, Ed and Cynthia Palmer, since 2009.
Jethrow attends Liberty High School, where he excels in academics and sports, including wrestling and football.
He plans to attend the University of Akron and major in exercise science.
“Tyrell has refused to let adverse conditions deter him from being successful,” his case worker said.