For Youth Homes, Inc. foster children, dreams occasionally come true

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The topic turned to Halloween, a particularly enjoyable time in the Bowers family, then turned to birthdays — namely, the 16th one that the newest member of their brood celebrated on that day.

“Guess how many birthday parties he’s had?” Sue Bowers ask rhetorically.

After a moment of silence …

“One,” Dave Bowers says. “Imagine that. I mean, seriously.”

The dark-haired, quiet teenager of medium build and curious eyes has experienced much in his young life that would be hard for many children and adults to imagine. A rough relationship with his father and family, and his mother’s death, propelled him into Contra Costa County’s foster system at 9, an age when kids often can get lost.

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