“To us foster care is more about the whole family, and not just the children. We love to see when a child can be reunited with family even if it’s not mom and dad. We got to experience this with our first foster son. He got to be reunited with his loving grandmother. Throughout, the last several years we have gotten to see him grow, meet and exceed expectations, and be apart of his life. This wouldn’t have been possible without reunification and the love and support of all of us. ” -Heidi
I am a single mother of 3. Through the good times and hard times I got to see my children become adults. I am now 52 years old and it feels good to have my me time. Or so I thought. I would have 6 to 15 children at a time just on weekends. I was a mentor for children age 12 to 15 year old. I would show up at their schools, sometimes I would have etiquette party’s and invite fathers to take their daughter’s out to eat and mothers to take their son’s out to eat. Hmm still no me time. I became a foster parent through seeing children while babysitting for other foster families. I could see their broken hearts, anger, acting out, and their pain. Who would have thought I would have adopted two wonderful boys at age 3 and 4. Now 9 and 10. I looked back on the seed that was being planted in them from my life style, praying, teaching, encouragement, rewards and most of all agape love. I decided to teach and emphasize more on these two scriptures. Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord and Lean not on my own understanding. Proverbs 22:6 Train up a child and agape love showing them unconditional love, and showing selfless love. The love Jesus Christ has shown me!
Now I get to see the children that were angry and rebellious, receive hope and ambition. The joy I see in them is priceless. My children feel comfortable and safe, you know that’s peace (With no worries!) because they are encouraged and taught agape love. I know now how a virtuous woman feels. Because these two boys tell me everyday “I love you mom.”-Leten
“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