David Becker, a volunteer foster parent, carries a car seat holding Autumn Evans into his Johnsburg, Ill., home on June 5, 2009. Autumn's mother, Hazel Evans, who was 19 at the time, had no job or home of her own and was already struggling with 2-year-old twins. With the help of Chicago-based social services agency Safe Families, Evans found the Beckers to temporarily care for her infant daughter.
Foster mom Jessica-Anne Becker, left, introduces her daughters, from left, Emma, Helene and Sarah-Anne, to baby Autumn Evans. The Beckers agreed to care for Autumn for three to six months so her mother, Hazel Evans, could find a home and a job.
The Becker family celebrates the arrival of Autumn Evans into their home.
David Becker and his daughter, Emma, enjoy a moment with newborn Autumn Evans on the first night in her new foster home.
Hazel Evans, left, registers her three children -- Autumn Evans and twin sisters Desire and Sabrina Myers -- for aid during an appointment June 24 at a Lake County Health Department clinic. She is aided by volunteer foster parent Jessica-Anne Becker, right, holding Sabrina.
Hazel Evans, center, submits forms at the clinic.
Hazel Evans, left, leaves the clinic after registering her three children. Grandmother Connie Wall, rear left, carries Autumn. Foster parent Jessica-Anne Becker, right, and two of her daughers walk with the twins. Jessica's niece Rachel Hurst, right rear, also came along.
Hazel Evans spends time with Autumn, who was visiting, in her new Round Lake, Ill., apartment on July 22.
Hazel Evans, 20, smokes a cigarette near an open window while spending time with Autumn.
Hazel Evans, 20, prepares baby formula for Autumn. When Autumn's not with her, Hazel misses her. "But the minute she starts crying, I can't stand it," she said.
Hazel Evans, 20, gives a bottle to Autumn.
Hazel Evans, 20, carries Autumn down the stairs at her apartment complex. Although she succeeded in her goals of getting a job and an apartment, Evans and her boyfriend, Ivan Flores Huerta, were already behind on bills.
Hazel Evans prepares to take Autumn back to her foster home after a visit.
Hazel Evans works at a check out station at her new part-time job at a Kmart store in Round Lake Beach, Ill. The pay wasn't much — $8 an hour — but it was something.
Foster mom Jessica-Anne Becker washes baby bottles in her kitchen on Dec. 20, 2009.
From left, foster sisters Helene Becker, Sarah-Anne Becker and Emma Becker tend to Autumn. "It's been a little hard because Autumn gets more attention than anyone else," said Sarah-Anne.
Jessica-Anne Becker feeds Autumn. Although Hazel Evans dropped hints about the Beckers adopting Autumn, Jessica told her they didn't feel called to do that.