Meet Our Foster Parents

Rebuilding Hope, May 2014 edition
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FosterparentMay is National Foster Care Month! That makes it the perfect time to recognize our foster families who provide safety, shelter, and hope to children who come to the US without their families.

Over the years, we have placed over 6,000 children in licensed and loving foster care homes.

We spoke with a few of our foster parents to find out about how they got started being foster parents and what helpful advice they have for those considering this special way of serving immigrants and refugees.

Roger and Elizabeth, foster parents:

What interested you in becoming a foster family?

We knew other families in our church who had [fostered]. We had just bought a house and were empty nesters. But our house had many bedrooms and lots of space. We felt God had put the pieces together for us to do this.

What did you wish you knew before you became a foster family?

The day-to-day cultural differences. It is both fun and challenging to bring totally different cultures together in the same home and family.

What advice would you give to people thinking about becoming a foster family?

“If your heart is tugging you, follow it! You will be glad you did and richly rewarded.”

Jan, a foster mom from Michigan:

What interested you in becoming a foster mom?

My husband and I decided to foster four boys with our biological children because we had a desire to do good for others and share the resources God has given us. The blessings of fostering include learning about other cultures, helping a child feel safe, and watching them go from a stranger to a vital member of the family.

What has been your favorite moment as a foster mom?

Shortly after our first foster son arrived, I took him for a walk and asked if it was okay that we would be getting another foster boy soon. He said, ‘I don’t care. I am happy. I have brothers and sisters, a mom and dad, a church, and no soldiers. I am happy!’

What advice would you give to people thinking about becoming a foster family?

Prepare to be in it for the long haul. Have fun and give yourself time to grow to love them. Invest all you can into them because if you stay with them, your investment stays with them.

We thank all of our foster families who have helped us care for 6,000 children so far! If you are interested in finding out more about becoming a foster parent, please visit lirs.org/fostercare.

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