By Andrea Picciotti-Bayer

Wayne Thomas was the answer to 3-year-old Brittany’s prayer more than 25 years ago.  Brittany prayed for someone to play with as she watched the children at the Our Lady of Victory Catholic School playground across from her grandmother’s house in West Philadelphia.  Brittany’s grandmother is Sharonell Fulton, one of the foster parents suing the City of Philadelphia for freezing its referral of foster children through Catholic Social Services (CSS).

At the same time little Brittany prayed for someone to play with, Wayne and his brother Sean were living in a dilapidated house with a drug-addicted uncle and aunt who fought viciously.  During one fight, the boys’ uncle mistakenly threw boiling water on them. Wayne thinks a neighbor called the police after hearing their cries.  An ambulance was soon rushing the boys (ages 5 and 7) to the hospital.

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