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FEATURE: Group urges families to foster troubled teens

By Lo Hsin-chen and Jake Chung  /  Staff reporter, with staff writer

“We tried to respect all the kids we took in and see the world from their point of view,” the couple said, adding that they had watched “all of the girls we fostered change drastically for the better, and one of them even won second place at the National Competition of Sports and Athletics.”

Chou said that when a situation with their foster child arose that they did not know how to handle, they just approached it calmly and refrained from being judgemental or critical.

Citing another girl they had taken in as an example, Chou said that although the girl was excessively promiscuous, they were accepting of the girl’s choices and instead of punishing her, taught her how to stay safe, be healthy and distinguish between what was appropriate behavior and what was not.

“We also tried to get her involved in activities that would focus her attention constructively,” Chou said.

Huang said he was grateful that his wife and two daughters had supported his decision to sign the family up for the foster program, adding that the family had benefited from the experience.

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