Flight Attendant Puts His Career On Hold To Be A Foster Dad To Kids With Special Needs

by Lindsey Smith
Lindsey is from Florida and has worked in online and print media. Her happy place is Michaels craft store.

Derrick Dixon’s life changed 12 years ago when he quit his job as a flight attendant to be a foster dad. In 2005, Derrick adopted his son Kortez when he was just 5 years old. Kortez was on the autism spectrum and looking for a stable home.

“I didn’t second-guess it,” Derrick said about his decision to adopt Kortez. “It was something that I needed to do.”

After adopting Kortez, Derek adopted an eight-year-old named Jayden, another special needs child, and a five-year-old named Caleb. “I never woke up and said, ‘Why did I do this?’ Derrick says. “I always say, ‘Thank God that I was chosen’.”

Not only is Derrick giving these boys a loving home, he’s also raising awareness for autism with the non-profit he started called the 3D Foundation.

The foundation will be hosting its first fashion show on October 7, 2017, to raise money for local schools.

According to the foundation’s website, its goal is to, “assists people with Unique Learning Stylesto achieve their personal goals and reach their maximum potential. Services are customized to offer individuals and families choices. We provide extensive training opportunities for families, child care providers, teachers, and community members with the goal of fostering inclusion. The children, adults, and families we serve are affected by a variety of at-risk factors, including a diagnosed disability, lack of environmental supports, low socioeconomic levels, and limited knowledge about resources and/or the capacity to access them.”

Derrick is also hoping to expand his family in the near future by adopting a girl.

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