I have gotten a lot of sympathetic comments from well meaning people in the last couple weeks. Comments such as “foster care is just tough” and it is tough. Tough on the kiddos who have to be removed from their homes in order to keep them safe. Tough on these children who have been abused and neglected by the very people who should keep them safe. Tough on the kids who get dropped off at a strangers home and are expected to function “normally”. Tough on little innocent boys and girls who can not understand the “shuffle” of foster care.
l write this blog as a way to get my thoughts and feelings out, but more importantly I write in order to bring awareness to this system. Awareness to the needs of these children. Yes, we have seen challenges in foster care, but we have also seen great reward. Reward in helping a family heal, reward in building a lasting relationship with a bio mom so in need of someone to Love her and reward in bringing children into our family knowing they are meant to be here (for however long) and Loving them to pieces!
I will always share the good – the wonderful in foster care. It is a great privilege to Love these little ones unconditionally and to be a part of their healing process. We need strong Christ centered families to step up and make a difference in their lives. I will also share the challenges, because they are a reality. When it comes down to it the reason I write It is to share what we have experienced, so others who are called to a similar experience can know they are not alone.