When people ask me why I foster, I find that I have a fairly simple answer -- I'm passionate about seeing lives change for the better. There is no greater joy than to see an unhealthy cycle broken and a family reunited. When we bring these children into our home we are inviting their entire family into our lives. We pour our love into them and want nothing more than to see these parents succeed. We provide a loving, safe and soothing place for their kids, where healing can begin. Through loving support and encouragement toward change we can help stop the unhealthy legacy that’s been passed on from generation to generation. It’s hard, but it’s a privilege, and I can’t think of a better way to show others the love of Jesus than walking along side them through their trials.
If you are like me, you may have had some doubts and fears that have kept you from saying yes to foster care. I spent years going back and forth trying to decide if I was ready to do this. I felt like I needed to learn more, have a bigger home, make more money and have more time. I worried about being vulnerable and putting my family at risk. I knew the need was great though, and as a Christian I felt called to orphan care. In the United States alone, there are currently over 400,000 children in the foster care system, and more than 100,000 of them are waiting to be adopted. If you're feeling that tug inside to pursue this, then I want to encourage you with something. As a foster parent I realized that all those things I was worried about didn't matter. It doesn't take a super hero to do this. It just takes someone with a heart to invest in another's life, to show them that they matter, that you see them, and that they have value. It's ok to step outside of your comfort zone. Life is messy and foster care will be challenging, but it is so worth the journey. Knowing you’ve made a difference in someone else’s life makes it all worthwhile.
When we've helped a birth mom rekindle the bond between her and her children, we know we've had a positive impact. When we are able to help a child start to heal, and we see them play, smile and sing for the first time, we know we’ve had a positive impact. When birth parents continue to stay in contact with us, even though their kids are no longer in our home, we know we’ve had a positive impact. Through the relationships you build, the positive impact you can have on generations to come is immeasurably great. I would encourage you today to step past the fear, have faith, and start changing lives through foster care.