Adversity survivors recognized by Trumbull County Children Servi - WFMJ.com News weather sports for Youngstown-Warren Ohio

Adversity survivors recognized by Trumbull County Children Services

Posted: Updated:
NILES, Ohio -

During an awards luncheon on Tuesday, the Trumbull County Children Services Board recognized several people within the community who've overcome adversity with their Rising Up and Moving on award.

For Cynthia Bingham, rising up and moving on hasn't always been easy.  However, the way in which she has carried on after her son death is why she was recognized by Trumbull County Children Services.

"We believe that kids are best with families and are willing to go the extra mile to find families and keep kids together. It is probably one of the most heart warming stories we've had," said Tim Schaffner with Trumbull County Children Services.

It was two years after Cynthia's son Blake died, that she learned he had fathered a son.  The baby, who was just two at the time, was in the custody of children services because of severe physical abuse.  Unable to place baby Michael with his biological mother, who was addicted to heroin, children services found Cynthia after learning through a coroner's DNA sample that her son was in fact Michael's father.

"We weren't sure about it.  We'll be honest.  There was a lot of doubt," said Cynthia Bingham who is raising her grandson.

"It was a big change to not only her, but to an entire family taking on someone else's responsibilities that we had no idea about," said Michael's aunt Courtney Bingham.

Trumbull County Children Services says as of recent, more families across the country have been faced with difficult decisions similar to those that faced the Bingham family.  Cynthia says while it was a hard decision to commit her life to raising her grandson, she has zero regrets.

"Best decision we've made," said Bingham.  "Best thing we've ever done."

  • More From wfmj.comHot ClicksMore>>

  • Critics: NFL decision chooses mainstream appeal over players

    Critics: NFL decision chooses mainstream appeal over players

    Thursday, May 24 2018 11:57 AM EDT2018-05-24 15:57:11 GMT
    (AP Photo/Chris Carlson, File). FILE - In this Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016, file photo, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, middle, kneels during the national anthem before the team's NFL preseason football game against the San Diego Chargers...(AP Photo/Chris Carlson, File). FILE - In this Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016, file photo, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, middle, kneels during the national anthem before the team's NFL preseason football game against the San Diego Chargers...
    Critics say the NFL's decision to force players to stand during the national anthem if on the field say the policy prioritizes the league's mainstream appeal over athletes.More >>
    Critics say the NFL's decision to force players to stand during the national anthem if on the field say the policy prioritizes the league's mainstream appeal over athletes.More >>
  • What is lava haze? A look at Hawaii's latest volcanic hazard

    What is lava haze? A look at Hawaii's latest volcanic hazard

    Tuesday, May 22 2018 3:45 PM EDT2018-05-22 19:45:48 GMT
    (U.S. Geological Survey via AP). In this image provided by the U.S. Geological Survey, lava from fissure 20 enters the ocean near Pahoa, Hawaii on Sunday, May 20, 2018. The volcano that is oozing, spewing and exploding on Hawaii's Big Island has gotten...(U.S. Geological Survey via AP). In this image provided by the U.S. Geological Survey, lava from fissure 20 enters the ocean near Pahoa, Hawaii on Sunday, May 20, 2018. The volcano that is oozing, spewing and exploding on Hawaii's Big Island has gotten...
    White plumes of acid and extremely fine shards of glass are billowing into the sky over Hawaii as molten rock from Kilauea volcano pours down a hillside and into the ocean.More >>
    White plumes of acid and extremely fine shards of glass are billowing into the sky over Hawaii as molten rock from Kilauea volcano pours down a hillside and into the ocean.More >>
  • School shooting victims killed attempting to ward off gunman

    School shooting victims killed attempting to ward off gunman

    Tuesday, May 22 2018 2:57 PM EDT2018-05-22 18:57:28 GMT
    (AP Photo/Fareed Khan). Abdul Aziz Sheikh, center, father of Sabika Sheikh, a victim of a shooting at a Texas high school, shows a picture of his daughter in Karachi, Pakistan, Saturday, May 19, 2018. The Pakistani foreign exchange student is among tho...(AP Photo/Fareed Khan). Abdul Aziz Sheikh, center, father of Sabika Sheikh, a victim of a shooting at a Texas high school, shows a picture of his daughter in Karachi, Pakistan, Saturday, May 19, 2018. The Pakistani foreign exchange student is among tho...
    An outgoing and 'really funny' student who blocked the door to try to prevent the gunman from entering the classroom and an exchange student who aspired to work in civil service were among the 10 people killed at a...More >>
    An outgoing and 'really funny' student who blocked the door to try to prevent the gunman from entering the classroom and an exchange student who aspired to work in civil service were among the 10 people killed at a Texas high school.More >>
Powered by Frankly
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 WFMJ. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms