We have only been foster parents for about a year and a half, but I feel like I’ve learned a LOT in that short amount of time. Some things I expected, but some have been completely a surprise! One of the great surprises is how rewarding it has been to work with the biological families. I thought in fostering we would just be making a difference in the lives of the children we had in our home, but it’s so much more than that. It’s showing love and providing support to birth parents, and hopefully developing a lasting relationship with them, which makes things so much better for the children involved.
Another fantastic surprise is how quickly our family has been able to bond with the kiddos who have come into our home. Even if they are only there for a week, there are tears when they leave, and we think about them and talk about them often...they leave a lasting impression with us, and hopefully we have left that with them as well. We are committed to treating each child in our home exactly like they are our own, and the love that comes from this has been so great to experience!
What wasn’t a surprise to us was that fostering would break our hearts. We’ve had many tears shed over precious kiddos, but despite the heartbreak it is 100% worth it! The joy these kiddos have from being a part of our family is worth every hard moment. They are a blessing to us, and we are so proud to be a part of the foster parent community!