For the staff at Willard Elementary School in the Kensington section of the city, the signs were always pretty obvious that something was wrong.
Kelly McCloskey recalls being asked: "'He's got no place to go, would you be willing to take him?'"
"I did say, 'Let me call my husband first.' By 7 o'clock that evening, he was in our house. So I promised him everything was going to be alright and he would always have a connection to his family," she said.
Santo McCloskey is now 9. He couldn't be prouder of the place he now calls home, and of the people he now calls mom and dad. After about two years, the McCloskeys officially adopted Santo.
This teacher adopted a student she says was in need of 'love' and support