Foster Parents; Fostering is?
Part 1 of 2
A foster parents view; “Life is not about the number of breaths you take, but the number of moments that leave you breathless!
The child’s view; “Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what your going get”
What were you thinking when you read the first quote? When your children were born? There are many times in our lives like the cleverly coined phrase mentioned above, moments that become precious memories to keep, to file away to think about whenever we need a wonderful memory to cheer us and know that our lives have made a difference. Fostering is can be precious memories. What were you thinking when you read the second quote,this is a foster child’s view bewilderment feeling lost and alone.
In our workshops, we often make this statement; “the eyes are the windows of the soul, there are two moments in your fostering experience that you will remember forever. The first when you will look into the eyes of this child and see hurt, bewilderment, hopelessness reflected in the eyes, the second when those same eyes reflect love, acceptance, and hope”.
Windows to the soul; a little child throwing their arms around your neck, learning to trust again, learning to love, knowing that you offer them the love that has been missing in their short little lives is reward enough. You are there to temporarily show them your love that their biological parents cannot for whatever reasons. Helping this child make it through the trauma of having been ripped from parents, from their homes and everything that was familiar to them, this is fostering. Knowing that you are an instrument, a messenger unto this child sharing and reflecting God’s love in your actions and your words, extending your arms out to a child in need, this is fostering 101.
Our job as Foster Parents Legal Solutions, both office and all our representatives working hard out in the field is to offer you protection through education, equipping foster parents with knowledge before they embark on this adventure that they have chosen. Surviving a hurricane is not impossible but knowing it is coming and being prepared makes a difference.
We are not against fostering, we simply believe that having our foster parents understand methods of protection prior to walking into the hurricane, being unaware is not fair. We believe preparing them is a more realistic approach to teaching and by doing so offering them the honor and respect they deserve. Find truth at nfpcar or FPLS.
Times have changed trainers have not, please take the rose-colored glasses off teach truth. Realize that
“children today are equal to the adults of yesterday”.
What we meant by that in part in 2.