Foster Parents; Heritage?
Part 2 of 5.
In part one of this series, we were defining a word, heritage. We had just made a statement, it bears repeating. “You see, as human beings, we learn through sharing experiences with one another, our support group is about assisting one another through those experiences, allowing all of us to grow, learn become less naïve, as we travel these roads.”. Just out of curiosity let us explain this word; “Heritage” it refers to something inherited from the past. The word has several different senses, including.
- Natural heritage, an inheritance of fauna and flora, geology, landscape and landforms, and other natural resources.
- Cultural heritage, the legacy of physical artifacts and intangible attributes of a group or society: man-made heritage.
- Food heritage.
- Industrial heritage, monuments from industrial culture.
- Tradition, customs and practices, inherited from ancestors.
- Virtual Heritage, an ICT work dealing with cultural heritage.
- Inheritance of physical goods after the death of an individual; of the physical or nonphysical things inherited.
- Heredity, biological inheritance of physical characteristics.
- Birthright, something inherited due to the place, time, or circumstances of someone’s birth.
- Kinship, the relationship between entities that share a genealogical origin.
When children are removed from their homes, their biological parents homes what happens to their heritage, has it changed?
Via definition we know that heritage can be kinship, cultural, food, and traditions, are these things to be lost to these children forever. When you give this discussion a little thought you realize that foster parents have an opportunity to make a profound path change for our foster children, do foster parents then change the foster child’s heritage?
Questions to ponder; Are these changes for the better or worse?
Can we encourage this child in becoming a college graduate, a pro basket ball player? Can we turn their lives around or are we assisting the Foster Care System in stealing their heritage? What can we do to preserve their heritage?
An incident occurring in your examiners life helped clarify this.
Relatives are sometimes asked to assist in the children left behind because of a tragedy, they are acting as foster parents for their relatives children, just as my mother acted as a foster mother to two sisters who lost their mother tragically.
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