The Armijo Family
Velma Armijo always wanted to become a foster parent and finally did so when she started working for Southern Ute Social Services. She strongly believes that “it takes a village to raise a child.” As a single foster mom, her sister and her adult son also help out by providing respite care. She encourages other native families to become foster parents to help kids stay within their community on the reservation so they know where they came from culturally. She says her foster children have taught her about being patient, and she feels they are changing her life as much as she is changing theirs.