“Adoption is something that has been on my heart since I was a child. My mom was adopted and I knew from a young age it was something I wanted to do. As an adult I became aware of the need for fosters and knew I wanted to do that also. It’s not something I thought I would do as a single woman, but that is where God has lead me!
Fostering is not always easy. There is frustration and heartache. But there is also so much goodness. When these children are in your care and you see the weight lifted off of them, it is an amazing thing. They know they are safe and loved and are able to just be children. They can grow and thrive in a healthy environment.
The unexpected positive I’ve found in fostering is the people I’ve met along the way. Caseworkers, CASAs, therapists, my Pride training class, Call employees and families, and other fellow foster parents. I have built life long friendships and have an amazing group of people to support me and the kiddos in my care. I have a great support system in my family and friends, but it’s a blessing to have these people on top of that. You are not is this alone journey. It’s a beautiful thing.” -Nicole
“Fostering our now adopted daughter has changed our family so much!!! She has truly been the final piece to complete this “Stracener” puzzle. Has every step been easy — absolutely not. BUT it has been soooooo worth it!!! Helping children become who God intends for them to be is the Greatest Blessing ever!!” –Christine
Fostering children can radically change a family for the better! We are so thankful for families like the Straceners who opened their hearts and their home for waiting children.
It’s National Foster Care Awareness Month and we want to celebrate our foster families! One of our families who love fostering teenagers is the Davault Family! David and Tiffany, along with their kids Andrew and Emily, know from great experience just how immensely the time in their home has affected the teenagers who have lived there.
“Our home was open approximately 3 1/2 years. Our desire was to foster teenagers; so during that time we had 6 teenagers placed in our home for and average of 253 days each. Our longest placement lasted 2 1/2 years and the shortest lasted only 7 hours! Teenagers are a wild ride, but it is exciting to see them achieve goals and to cheer them on.”
Fostering teenagers definitely has its unique challenges. But along with those unique challenges are unique joys! We have a HUGE need in Arkansas for homes to foster teenagers. Will you answer the call and open your home to one of the many teenagers in need?