Reconnecting with Marco, still in search of a forever family

- It’s the time of year for our annual holiday visit to CHILL at the Queen Mary in Long Beach. This year’s theme – “Alice in Winterland” – took us down a rabbit hole of fun and adventure as we re-connected with Marco (2007), a young boy in foster care still in search of a forever family.

We first met Marco back in the spring of 2015. At the time we noted that he was an affectionate and curious little boy who enjoyed playing at the park and interacting with people. Although Marco has grown some since then, he’s still that engaging and loving kid who enjoys arts & craft activities, playing video games, and playing with toy cars and action figures. Led by Alice and the Mad Hatter, Marco was awed by Winterland’s holiday lights represented through handmade life-sized lanterns.

Along the way Marco was met by a gingerbread cookie character named Ginger and led to Santa, who helped Marco build a gingerbread house. And it seems Santa knew about Marco’s fascination with action figures as he gifted Marco with a Stormtrooper helmet so he could play the role of an action figure.

But underneath the helmet or the rabbit ears is a boy whose reality is still caught up in the foster care system. Marco has grown and developed over the last 20 months since we first caught up with him, but we know his strides could be made that much more with the unconditional love and support of a committed forever family. Tune in to Wednesday’s Child to watch Marco zip through Winterland and hopefully into the hearts of the right waiting and watching family.

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