Host family

Welcoming a teenager: the story of Elvis

Elvis and his host family

At Mécénat Chirurgie Cardiaque we do not only operate on young children. Our branch in Angers is even specialised in the care of adolescents. To understand what it's like to take in a "big kid", we asked Florence, Elvis' foster mother, to tell us about the stay of this 16 year old Ivorian boy with her family.

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Moïse's welcome, a beautiful life lesson for the whole family!


Fostering a child is a big adjustment for our volunteer foster families. They all agree that children bring a lot to them, more than they bring to the children. This is the case of Nadège and her children Camille (19 years old), Alice (16 years old) and Maria (9 years old), who received little Moïse in their home for 2 months. At the age of 5, this little Burkinabé was for them a beautiful example of courage and wisdom.

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"À Coeur Joie", the project of a family from Bordeaux to save Lucas

City Family

At the beginning of 2021, Clémence, Arnaud and their three children - Mathilde, Louis and Amaia - embarked on the great adventure of welcoming a child with a heart condition. But even if it means taking in a little heart, why not finance his operation as well? That's how they opened a fundraising page with the aim of raising €12,000.

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Dan Ruben, a kid we've been following for eight years...

Dan Ruben and Genevieve

Our medical team works all year round to obtain news of the children in care since the creation of the Association in 1996. It is sometimes a real investigation that has to be carried out to find the children who are the furthest away from the big cities or who do not have access to modern means of communication. And it is always a joy to know that, thanks to their operation, they are growing up normally and healthy!

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In Djeneba's eyes

Djeneba and his host mother

Foster families are great people. We are fortunate to have over 350 families all over France who care for the child they take in as if it were their own. We invite you to follow the journey of a foster child through the story of Djeneba, a 3 and a half year old girl from Burkina Faso, and her host family, Nadia and Alexandre the parents, Jenna, Harrys and Heiman their children.

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