Obit of the Day: Personal Note
May is National Foster Care Month. I note this because Mrs. OOTD and I are foster parents. We began doing foster care in December 2008 and have had six children over that time. We adopted our son, Jamari, in 2011 and are on the way to adopting our three daughters sometime this year.
Note: We also have a biological son, Andrew, who is the oldest of our five.
I don’t write this for compliments. I write this to ask you think about foster care. Find out more about it. Ask questions. Get information.
Yes it’s hard. Why does everything have to be easy? And what’s harder, being a foster parent or being a foster child? (Hint: Not the parent)
I know not everyone is suited to be a foster parent but many who are don’t explore it. They are afraid of the children. They are afraid of the children’s biological parents. They are afraid of the process. They are afraid of attaching to a child and having her return home. (We’ve done that, twice.) They are afraid of not attaching to the child.
I’m afraid of children spending their entire lives as wards of the state and aging out of the system at the age of 18 with no real family. With no place to call home. With no parents to call when they need advice or help. With no one to meet their boyfriend or girlfriend. With no family to come to graduation. With no family to call when they need help.
And doesn’t everyone deserve to have a family?
If you have questions, I am happy to answer any, especially regarding questions on foster care in the state of Illinois. Just ask.
And also check out the site for National Foster Care Month.
Thanks for your time.