Foster Parents; You Rock!
Our unsung heroes.
Part 2 of 3.
In this series, we are talking about you, the unsung heroes by the thousands across this country who answer the need to reach out hands and extend hearts to a child who needs them.
“To you our foster parents, we say, you rock!”
Now let us continue our quest, we seek to understand how a child’s life is altered by events not in their control, and the role of a foster parent in effecting change.
- What is a foster child’s interpretation of love? Often when our unsung hero’s enter a child’s life, we begin to instruct them of the true meaning of love. One has to understand the meaning before you can enlighten anyone else.
When a child is exposed to the dark side of humanity, or their personal society, their understanding of the word love is tarnished, the meaning is unclear. The way children think of this situation is acceptance but without understanding. You see, many children have nothing to compare normal family life with. Therefore, all families are this way, no matter what the parents problems are they blame themselves or become extremely protective of the absusive parent. It is not until they have a loving family that they begin to realize what represents normalacy.
- Wickipedia says the meaning of love is in its various forms acts as a major facilitator of interpersonal relationships Love may be understood a part of the survival instinct, a function keep human beings together against menaces and to facilitate the continuation of the species.
One article we found talks about Pastors making a plea for foster parents from his congregation.
- Quoting the article “ hundreds of thousands of families are needed to provide foster care for nearly half a million children and teenagers who for their safety cannot live at home” Interestingly enough the article goes on to say “Some of those families are found in Baptist churches, and those who recruit and train them to find more”. Click here to read more.
Our concern is straightforward; what about those who have already heard the call, those who have opened their lives, and hearts to a child’s call for help? Just pick up a newspaper from any major city in the United States and you will see a horror story about foster care. However, what about the good stories, the thousands of foster parents who have made a difference in a child’s life? Unsung heroes who have a wonderful story, one of love and commitment to many children who have walked through, or remained in their lives. Distorted definitions corrected, lives straightened out by love and understanding they found in the home of a foster parent who were there for them and loved them for who they are. Hopefully, there are more success stories, a different path taken because foster parents have touched them and demonstrated the true meaning of love.
“We see many children flourish in foster homes. We have seen foster parents go the extra mile to assure the difference between success and failure for a foster child’.
Here, is the link, read more.
It is appropriate on Father’s Day that we thank all foster dads for their great contributions to raising foster children, from little ones on up to the teenagers. I encourage more men to think of becoming foster fathers. Link.
- There are real success stories out there of foster parents who made a difference to a child,
Suggested reading. The Fostering Story, Love is? Continue on to part 3.